FYS3500 – Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

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 completing this course, you:

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

This course is only for students admitted to the program Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor).

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.

  • 4 hours of lectures per week (a total of 60 hours per semester).

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.


  • Midterm home exam which counts 25 % towards the final grade.

  • Final oral exam which counts 75 % towards the final grade.

The midterm home exam must be passed before you can sit the final exam.

When writing your exercises make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

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) Dec. 2, 2021 11:13:56 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)