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Course content

The course will give an introduction to different types of interactions between ionizing radiation and matter, and how radiation doses from such radiation can be calculated and measured by dosimetry. An overview of radioactive and non-radioactive sources of radiation is provided. The knowledge gained will provide a basis for understanding the biological effects of ionizing radiation and applications in diagnostics and treatment.

Learning outcome

After taking this course, you:

  • will have knowledge of ionizing radiation such as gamma radiation, accelerated charged particles and neutrons
  • can explain the various mechanisms of interaction between ionizing radiation and matter
  • can appraise different principles for accelerating charged particles for use in diagnostics and therapy
  • can explain how radiation doses can be calculated
  • will have knowledge of different principles for measuring radiation doses
  • can account for radioactive decay processes
  • see the use of ionizing radiation, with advantages and disadvantages, in a social perspective


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

It could be an adwatage to have knowledge in physics equal to:


Two double hours of lectures and exercises each week.

The course has the following mandatory assignments:

  • 1 laboratory exercise including a report to be handed in
  • 1 simulating exercise including a report to be handed in

The mandatory assignsments have to be approved to take the final exam.

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.


The final oral exam counts for 100% of the final grade.

The mandatory assignsments have to be approved to take the final exam.

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.

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Examination attempt in the following courses counts as a examination attempt in FYS4711 – Radiation and Dosimetry

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)