FYS2810 – Undergraduate Research I

Course content

The course consists of a research project in physics and includes writing of a scientific report. Some projects involve independent practical research and/or theoretical calculations in the chosen topic.

Learning outcome

The student shall obtain an in depth understanding of the chosen topic. The student will be competent in planning and executing a project, as well as be trained in writing a presentation of scientific results.


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.

Admission to the course is given on the condition that the students themselves contact one or more members of the scientific staff in the desired research group at the Department of Physics before the start of the semester, and that student and teacher together agree on a research project. Available projects will vary from semester to semester, since not all research groups can offer projects each semester. Final admission will only be granted when the student has agreed on a project with a supervisor and is signed by both parties. Deadline is 1st of September / 1st of February.


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).


Individual supervision.

The course may involve obligatory work in laboratory or in field. Please read the following on insurance cover for students.


Written project rapport that must be evaluated as passed in order to take the final exam.

Final exam consists of an oral presentation of the project work followed by an examination where the project will be discussed.

The result of exam/evaluation must be ready for registration by 1 January in order to be registered as passed in the previous autumn semester and by 1 July for the previous spring semester.

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you can document that you were ill or had other valid reasons for absence, you have the right to a deferred exam according to the normal regulations.

If you fail, you may be given the opportunity to hand in a revised project reportwithin 6 weeks, if your supervisor and sensor agree that the scientific raw material is sufficient.

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.

The report can be subjected to the anti-cheat programme Ephorus.

Facts about this course






Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)