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Course content

The course introduces the condensed matter physics on a broad basis. The main objective is to provide an overview of different types of materials and illustrate how their properties depend on the microscopic structure. The course will deliver basic knowledge, but it should also serve as an orientation on the current issues in the different branches of condensed matter physics, providing additional arguments for the choice of master thesis topic.

Learning outcome

After completing the course:

• you will have knowledge of different types of solids (crystals, glass, soft materials) and an understanding of how their microscopic structure affects their mechanical, thermal and electrical properties

• you can describe crystalline and disordered structures and you understand the interrelation between ordering and different interactions in materials.

• you can use the diffusion theory to describe crystalline, amorphous and self-similar structures and interpret the results of different scattering experiments.

• you can explain how the periodicity controls electrical, thermal and mechanical properties in crystals; in particular, you can calculate phonon spectra and their contribution to thermal capacity and thermal conductivity in simple crystals; you can explain how such models break or change with increasing degree of disorder.

• you can explain the electrical properties of crystals in terms of the free-electron gas model as well as electronic band structure, and calculate these properties for simple crystals in the reciprocal space.

• you will have knowledge about different types of defects in crystals and how they affect the properties of the crystals.

• you can numerically model disordered materials and explain how the properties change with varying degrees of disorder


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).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS3410 – Condensed matter physics (continued)


The course is taught over a whole semester with three hours of lectures and two hours of group lectures each week. The course includes three assignments. 


An individual exam in the form of three assignments, each weighted 10% of the grade, weighted 30% total.

A final oral exam weighted 70% of the grade.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper 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 exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements

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Facts about this course






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Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)