AST3310 – Astrophysical Plasma and Stellar Interiors

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Course content

AST3310 provides the basic knowledge required to build a model of a star. The course will also include building such a numerical model which requires an understanding of basic gas dynamics and thermo dynamics in an astrophysical setting.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will have acquired knowledge, which includes:

  • knowing the basic thermal plasma processes
  • being able to account for the different types of energy transport in stars and their implications
  • knowing the thermal stability criteria for convection
  • having done numerical modelling of stars
  • being able to couple different physical disciplines to produce working model of star


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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

Five semesters of the Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor's) programme or comparable.


3 hours of lectures and 3 hours of tutorials each week.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


There is no final examination. The final grade is determined by an overall assessment of 3 compulsory assignments where the first two assignments will each constitute 25% of the final grade and the third assignment will constitute 50% of the final grade.

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

You will be receive a written feedback report for each mandatory assignment, therefore, an explanation of the final grade will not be given. Appeals are possible only when all mandatory assignments have been submitted and the final grade has been announced.


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

Facts about this course






Every spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)