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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 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 completing this course, you:

  • 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
  • have knowledge of different principles for accelerating charged particles for use in diagnostics and therapy
  • can explain how radiation doses can be calculated
  • 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, from a social perspective

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.

It may be advantageous to have knowledge in physics that corresponds to:

Overlapping courses


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 assignments must be approved before you can sit 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.


Mandatory assignments must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

  • Final oral exam which counts 100% 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: FYS-KJM4710 – Radiation and radiation dosimetry (continued), FYS-KJM9710 – Radiation and radiation dosimetry (continued), FYS9711 – Radiation and Dosimetry

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 9:12:07 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)