FYS3500 – Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course is an introduction to nuclear and particle physics, from the universe´s elementary particles and the forces that act between them, to the quantum structure of systems composed of elementary particles. Weight is given to current challenges and new results from cutting-edge research.

Learning outcome

After this course:

  • you can apply fundamental conservation laws and symmetries to judge the viability of production and decay processes for nuclei and elementary particles.
  • you have insight into the interplay between theory, models, and data from modern experiments and into how the major open questions are being addressed.
  • you have a basic understanding of nuclear properties and models that describe the quantum structure, decay, and reactions of nuclei.
  • you have basic knowledge about the Standard Model of elementary particles and interactions (including the role of the Higgs boson).
  • you have basic knowledge about the quark-gluon plasma (the universe´s matter content and state right after the Big Bang).
  • you know about the roles of nuclear and particle physics in energy production, medicine, and astrophysics - for example how to search for dark matter and how to understand the origin of the elements in the universe.

Admission to the course

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.

This course is only for students admitted to the programs Physics and Astronomy, or Physics, Astronomy and Meteorology.

Special admission requirements

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


The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (e-mail studieinfo@fys.uio.no), or else you will lose your place in the course.

Four hours of lectures per week, a total of 60 hours.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


A home examination mid semester counts 25% of final grade. The home examination must be passed in order to qualify for the final exam.

The final written exam (4 hours) counts 75% of the final grade.

Examination support material

Approved calculator

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer 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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 23, 2020 6:11:20 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)