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Course content

The course is focused on the properties of materials used in modern technology. The topics treated include crystal structures, bonding, and physical properties (electrical, magnetic, optic etc) of materials. Focus is given to the relationship between properties and crystal structure.

Learning outcome

The student should gain insight into the structure and properties of a broad spectrum of functional materials.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And and in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

MENA1000 - Materials, energy and nanotechnology (continued), KJM1110 - Organic chemistry I (continued), KJM1120 - Inorganic Chemistry, FYS-MEK1110 - Mechanics and FYS1120 - Electromagnetism.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MENA4000 - Functional materials


The course comprises 36 hours of lectures, 48 hours of group seminars, 4 hours of exam preparations, as well as 2 mandatory reports.


One written midterm exam (1 hour, counting 20 % of final result) in October. Final written exam (4 hours, counting 80 % of final result) in December. 

For Ph.D. students, there can be arranged a new examination each semester (only for those who have failed in the ordinary examination).


Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:


The teaching in this course will be cancelled if less than 3 students register within the deadline for the course registration. An approved sett of mandatory reports is valid in four subsequent semesters after it was approved for the first time.

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)