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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 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.
  • can critically reflect on applications and research based on ionizing radiation.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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

Overlapping courses


The teaching consists of 4 hours of lectures and exercises per 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
  • 1 essay on a chosen topic in radiation science to be handed in

The mandatory assignments must be approved before you can take the final exam.

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


  • Final oral exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

This course has mandatory assignments that 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: FYS-KJM4710 – Radiation and radiation dosimetry (continued), FYS-KJM9710 – Radiation and radiation dosimetry (continued), FYS4711 – 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 pass/fail scale. 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) Dec. 2, 2021 10:16:02 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)