spring 2023
FAR-8043 Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology - 15 ECTS

Application deadline

PhD students and students at the Student Research Program at UiT The Arctic University of Norway register for class and exam in Studentweb by September 1st for autumn semester and February 1st for spring semester.

Other applicants apply for the right to study by June 1st for courses that are taught in the fall semester and December 1st for courses that are taught in the spring semester. Application is sent through Søknadsweb. Please use the application code "9301 - Singular courses at the PhD level".

Type of course

PhD course. This course is available for both PhD programme students and single course students.

Admission requirements

PhD students and students at the Student Research Programme, or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted.

External PhD students and students at other student research programmes, must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered students. Others need to document that they are qualified.

Mandatory prerequisites:

Students are expected to have skills equivalent to a Master's degree in pharmacy.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

FAR-3043 Advanced Drug Delivery Systems in Nanomedicine 10 stp

Course content

Nanotechnology has emerged as a distinct discipline with integrated, multidisciplinary and specialized scientific topics. This course focuses on recent developments in the field of nanomedicine from physical basics, biological aspects, medical applications and concerns related to manufacturing, reliability and safety of nano-scale medicines.

The course structure is as follows:

1) Nanotechnology: concept, current status

2) Nanomedicine: concept, current status

3) Nanotechnology in medicinal imaging: smarter diagnostic modalities a) microfluidics and nanoarrays b) fluorescent labels and imaging c) local probes and high-resolution imaging d) targeted imaging

4) Nanoscale technology: technological platforms used in manufacturing of nano-sized systems

5) Polymers and materials used in micro- and nano-fabrication: nanocoatings and nanostructured surfaces for medical application

6) Nanosized drug delivery systems a) lipid vesicles b) polymer-based delivery c) nanocrystals d) nanoshells e) non-injectable nanovectors

7) Intelligent therapeutics: concept of "smart drugs" a) intelligent biomaterials (responsive hydrogels and configurationally imprinted biomimetic polymers) b) nano-fabrication techniques for intelligent therapeutics c) diagnostic-sensing systems d) tissue engineering e) recognitive systems

8) Limitations and perspectives

9) Nanotechnology and human future: policy, ethics and safety issues

Parts 3,4,5,7 and 8 will be taught only in FAR-8043.

Objectives of the course

By completion of the course, attendants will have the following learning outcomes


  • on how to design, develop and characterize drug delivery system based on nanotechnology (nanomedicine)
  • on how to optimize the selected nanomedicine in regard to the therapeutic outcome as well as toxicity issues
  • on how to adjust the nanomedicine to the site of drug administration and achieve drug targeting
  • on how to critically evaluate the marketed products and the potentials of novel nanomedicine
  • on how to involve and actively participate in discussions on limitations and promises of nanotechnology and nanomedicine


  • be able to participate in designing nanomedicine with superior properties
  • be able to select most appropriate methods to fully characterize the nanomedicine
  • be able to evaluate the marketed products and novel delivery systems

General competence

  • understand the relevant literature, with emphasis on newest advancements
  • be able to critically evaluate interplay between therapeutic benefits and toxicity issues of nanomedicine
  • be able to apply theoretical knowledge in design of novel nanomedicine for targeted therapy

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

The course will be taught as a combination of lectures, seminars, oral and written essay presentations. FAR-8043 is based on individual work by each PhD student. The focus is on student ability to combine and process the newest scientific findings and provide personal comments on relevant topics.


Examination: Date: Grade scale:
Assignment 31.03.2023 23:59 (Hand in) Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Assignment on a given topic Approved – not approved
Mandatory lectures and seminars Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

Mandatory participation in course activities

  • Mandatory lectures and seminars as one week-intensive course
  • The course attendants will have to prepare an assignment prior to the exam on a given topic. The assignment should include presentation of research question(s), hypothesis, newest literature survey and critical interpretation of findings. Ethical aspects and own perspectives on the topic will be included.

Re-sit examination

Re-sit examination is offered for the course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 15
  • Course code: FAR-8043
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet