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MBI-3015 Human pharmacology and toxicology - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Institutt for medisinsk biologi

Type of course

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine, but is also open for single course students who meet the admission requirements.

Course overlap

MBI-3002 Pharmacology 5 stp

Course contents

The course will give the students an introduction into the general principles of pharmaco/toxicodynamics and -kinetics, with a focus on mechanisms of toxicity and drug action, metabolism of drugs and toxic agents, kinetic calculations and risk assessment. Further, the course will provide insight into the action of drugs and toxicants in central target organs and pathological processes (endocrine-, cardiovascular-, nervous- and immune systems, inflammation, infection and cancer) focusing on molecular mechanisms, interactions and outcomes. In addition, the course also contains visits to university and hospital departments, local research centers and companies working with occupational and environmental toxicology and drug development.

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries:  1. December

Admission requirements

The course is an elective course for students accepted to the Master´s program in Biomedicine.

The course can be taken as a singular course by students with a Bachelor´s degree in Biomedicine or similar (180 ECTS).

Recommended prerequisites: Basic knowledge at University Bachelor level in pharmacology and toxicology.

The master course in physiology (MBI-3016 Human physiology), is recommended as a supplement to the course.

Application deadline for nordic applicants is 1st of December. Applicationcode: 9371

For admission requirements see the admission requirements for the Master program in biomedicine

Objective of the course

After the course the student should be able to:



General proficiency

Language of instruction


Teaching methods


Seminars (cases)

Kinetic calculations/exercises

Work-place visits


Written exam (4 hours). Grade A-F (F-fail).

Coursework requirements:

The following coursework must be completed in order to attend the written exam:

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.