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Course content

An introduction to different astrophysical subjects with focus on the underlying physical processes, solving problems numerically and data analysis. Some examples include orbital calculations, search for planets around distant stars, stellar evolution from birth to supernova explosions, compact stars, galactic dynamics, dark matter, the theory of relativity and black holes.

Learning outcome

  • Obtain knowledge about basic astrophysical problems.
  • Be able to explain the physical processes behind astrophysical phenomena.
  • Get practice in solving astrophysical problems by the combination of analytical calculations and programming numerical algorithms.
  • Obtain basic knowledge about statistical methods for analysing data.
  • Get practice in analysing data from astronomical observations and connect these observations with theoretical models for the underlying physical processes.


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 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

2 semesters of the Fysikk, astronomi og meteorologi (bachelor) (Error: [val localized([('ref.comp.' + status)])]: No message found under code 'ref.comp.viderefort' for locale 'en'. programme or the Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor) programme, or equivalent. It will require considerable extra effort to complete the course without the necessary prerequisites in mathematics, physics and programming.

Overlapping courses


Interactive lectures (4 hours per week), calculation exercises/projects (3 groups, each 2 hours per week).


Students can choose between two assessment alternatives:

Alternative 1: For this assessment the final grade is based on a combination of a home exam consisting of a set of exercises to be handed in (comprising approximately 30% of the final grade), as well as a midterm examination (also comprising approximately 30%) and a final 4 hour written examination (comprising approximately 40%). In this case, the final grade is determined by an overall assessment of the results of the three exams.

Alternative 2: For this assessment the student will prepare a major project, combined with a written report and possibly followed by an oral presentation. The topics covered and tested in the project will be equivalent to topics tested in alternative 1. The final grade is determined by an assessment of the project.

Examination support material

  • Angel/Øgrim og Lian: Fysiske størrelser og enheter
  • Rottman: Matematisk formelsamling
  • Calculator (approved type)

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

This also applies if you have previously withdrawn from the exam in AST1100 – Introduction to astrophysics (continued) after the withdrawal deadline or during the exam.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


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

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