MENA3100 – Characterization of Materials

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

At the MN Faculty teaching is in-person this spring, but there may still be cases of online or hybrid teaching.

Please see the semester page, Canvas or your regular channel of information for changes in teaching and form of examination.

Course content

The course will give you an introduction to central material characterization methods used to determine the structure, composition and the phase stability. 

The methods you will get familiar with includes among others thermal analysis (TA), light microscopy (LM), scanning- and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), x-ray- and electron diffraction (XRD and SAD) as well as x-ray- and electron spectroscopy (EDS, EELS) in TEM, XPS).

There will be a special focus on the interaction between probes and materials and the signals generated and detected.

Learning outcome

After the course, you should be able to:

  • understand and describe the fundamental principles behind the methods of characterization which are included in the curriculum.
  • analyze, interpret and present observations from the different methods.
  • evaluate the uncertainty of observations and results from the different methods.
  • assess which methods of characterization are appropriate for different material problems.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following HSE course must also be taken earlier than MENA3100 or the current semester at the latest:


The course extends over a full semester with 80 hours teaching:

  • 32 hours lectures (the rest is colloquia, demonstrations and laboratory.)

The course includes 4 laboratory assignments which must be approved before you can sit the final examination.

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.


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

To qualify for the final examination, all laboratory assignments must be approved.

Examination support material

Approved calculator

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer 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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 18, 2022 9:13:48 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)