FYS4810 – Physics Education Research and Practice

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The course gives an introduction to physics education research and practice and focuses on teaching and learning physics. Which teaching approaches promote motivation and learning in the different areas of physics? How do students experience and relate to physics as a school subject? What characterizes physics as a science discipline, as a school subject, and as a knowledge area in interaction with society?

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • are familiar with physics education as an academic field and with central concepts and terminology, and be able to discuss the position of physics in school, educational system, and society, 
  • are able to discuss the nature of physics and give examples from its historical development.
  • can describe learning theory relevant to learning physics and natural science, including the role of language in the learning process
  • can develop and evaluate research-based teaching in physics and give reasons for choices of topic content and teaching approaches.
  • can discuss the role of experimental work, inquiry approaches, modeling, and programming of digital tools in physics teaching, and master experiments and equipment that are central to school physics
  • can extract useful information from research texts in physics education and critically assess such texts.
  • can reflect on the role of physics in society, for instance with reference to challenges within energy, climate, and health.

And one of these:

  • are are able to navigate in, and make use of, research literature in physics education
  • can design, perform, and report on a physics experiment and comment on this in light of physics education research and practice.

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.

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

This course is not available for single course students.

A minimum of 60 ECTS within physics and astronomy.

Overlapping courses


The course extends over a full semester with 5 hours of teaching per week, 75 hours in total per semester. The teaching includes:

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Group work

Considering the time we spend on theory, group work, and discussions, and laboratory exercises, the teaching will be flexible.

  • This course has 3 mandatory laboratory reports that must be submitted and approved before you can take the final exam.
  • Attendance of minimum 60 % is mandatory; absence of more than 40 % requires medical documentation or must be specifically clarified with the course administration

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


  • Final oral exam, possibly with a practical experiment, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

3 mandatory laboratory reports and a theoretical or experimental assignment, must be approved before you can take the final exam.

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: FYS3810 – Physics Education Research and Practice

Examination support material

30 minutes preparation time with all available support material. No support material during the exam.

Language of examination

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

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Dec. 9, 2022 3:36:19 AM

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