FYS4430 – Condensed Matter Physics II

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

This course presents an overview of some functional materials and their properties, mainly seen from an experimental viewpoint. Some central theories, which describe the properties of the materials and their response to external impact, will be discussed. Topics that will be covered include dielectric materials, magnetic materials, superconductors as well as selected topics within micro- and nanostructured materials. The subject will be useful for gaining an understanding of the interplay between classical and quantum mechanical phenomena and clarify how microscopic/atomic processes give rise to the typical properties of different materials.

Learning outcome

After the completion of this course you will:

  • have a broad knowledge of the core areas of condensed matter physics and materials science
  • have a good understanding of the physical basic principles behind the properties of different types of functional materials and some micro/nanostructured materials
  • be able to understand the interplay between classical and quantum mechanical phenomena and expand on how atomic processes operates between many atoms/molecules to create the typical properties of functional materials
  • be able to describe basic principles for the properties of various functional materials utilizing quantum mechanical and classical laws and using the necessary approximations
  • know about important methods for characterization of the materials and know their main applications as well as the historical development of some materials.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

FYS3400 – Condensed Matter Physics

Overlapping courses


The course runs throughout the autumn semester:

  • 2 hours of lectures every week.
  • 1 hour of problem-solving and 1 hour of student-driven problem-solving and discussion group with some supervision from the course coordinator every week.


  • Midterm exam: submission of academic essay and a presentation of this to other students on the course, which counts 20% towards the final grade.
  • Final oral exam which counts 80% towards the final grade.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:FYS9430 – Condensed Matter Physics II

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. 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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 29, 2020 6:11:56 PM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)