Medicinal Chemistry

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course covers the chemistry of the most important drugs and drug classes, including three-dimensional configuration, synthesis, metabolism and stability. Furthermore, the relationship between the three-dimensional structure of drugs and the biological activity is emphasized.

The course will further serve as the basis for studies of pharmacology and pharmaceutics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course in FARM236 the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • Has broad knowledge of the physical-chemical properties of drug compounds

The student will from the structure of a compound be able to

  • elaborate on the likely therapeutic use (drug class)
  • explain the mechanism of action


The student will from the structure of a compound be able to

  • discuss possible binding interactions with biological macromolecules
  • discuss properties such as stability and water solubility
  • discuss absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination and toxicity

General competence

The student

  • Knows how drug compounds are discovered and developed

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
FARM130/KJEM130 or equivalent
Recommended Previous Knowledge
FARM150 or equivalent
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course will be open to students at Master Programme in Pharmacy and to students at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The students also need to fulfil the prerequisites for the course.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures: 4 hours per week

Colloquium: 2 hours per week

12 weeks total

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
Written exam
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Autumn 2021 the exam form is oral exam, like in spring 2021.

Reading List
The reading list will be available within December 1st for courses taught during spring
Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations,
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.