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Course content

Advanced course in large-scale structures and anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background radiation.

Learning outcome

The course will provide theoretical background for Ph.D. theses in cosmology. You will learn advanced techniques for analysis of CMB data and numerical calculations of the predictions from theoretical models.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor degree of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (being phased out) programme or comparable.

Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor degree of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (being phased out) programme, AST4220 - Cosmology I (discontinued). FYS4160 - The general theory of relativity may be useful.

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with AST5220 - Cosmology II


2 hours of lectures/tutorials each week.


Project paper on numerical solution of the Boltzmann equations for CMB anisotropies counts 30 percent, a final written exam counts 70 percent.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.


The course is given if 3 or more students sign up.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)