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MBI-2005 General pharmacology and toxicology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Health Sciences

Type of course

This course is a part of the bachelor program in biomedicine. The course is also available as a singular course, and for exchange students.

Course contents

The course is an introduction to basic pharmacology and toxicology. The pharmacology part includes the following topics: drug nomenclature; general principles of passage of drugs/toxic substances across biological barriers; drug absorption and excretion; the autonomic nerve system; biotransformation of drugs; dose-response and time-response relationships, attributed to conditions of administration and to the biological system. The toxicology part describes the classification of toxic reactions; how acute poisoning can be measured and how toxicity can be treated.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1st of June.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15th of April.

Admission requirements

Applicants from Nordic countries: Generell studiekompetanse + Matematikk R1 eller (S1+S2) og ett av følgende fag:

International applicants: Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English. It is a requirement that students have  some prior knowledge of biology and ecology, chemistry and mathematics (Participants must have taken introductory level university courses, and achieved pass grades, in these subjects).

A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education website -

Application code: 9336 (Nordic applicants).

Objective of the course

The main aim of the course is to give the students a general introduction into human pharmacology and toxicology. 


After the course, the students


The candidates should be able to use general terms in pharmacology and toxicology, both orally and in written text.

General competence:

At the end of the course the student has acquired knowledge to be able to critically judge public information regarding drugs and toxic substances.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course includes lectures (36 hours), group lectures (28 hours) and a compulsory semester project. The students will be appointed a supervisor for the semester project, and the project needs to be approved prior to the final exam. It is also mandatory to give a presentation of the semester project for the other students.


Written exam (4 hours). Alphabetical grades (A-F).

A re-sit exam/postponed exam will be arranged early in the following semester, for candidates who failed the exam, or who, for valid reasons, were unable to attend.

Course work requirements: semester thesis, and presentation of the semesterproject for the the other students on the course.

Date for examination

Written test 30.11.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Course overlap

BIO-262 General and human toxicology 10 stp
Lectures Autumn 2020
First attendance: See detailed schedual
Lectures See Schedule for more information about the timetable.

prof. Ingebrigt Sylte
prof. Kristin Andreassen Fenton
f.aman. Lisbeth Aasmoe
prof. Berit Elisabeth Bang
prof. Aina Westrheim Ravna
f.aman. Kurt Kristiansen
Group lectures See Schedule for more information about the timetable.

Group 1 prof. Ingebrigt Sylte
f.aman. Lisbeth Aasmoe
prof. Berit Elisabeth Bang
f.aman. Kurt Kristiansen
Presentation f.aman. Kurt Kristiansen