This course is discontinued

FYS-GEO9300 – Methods in physics of geological processes

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Course content

The course includes two main subjects: diffusion and fracturing. An introduction is given to the significance of these processes in nature. Different methods used to understand these processes both theoretically and in nature, are introduced. These include field observation, collection of samples, light microscopy, electron microscopy, interpretation of microstructures, seismic, mathematical modelling of the processes, simulation by solving differential equations and using discrete element methods, design of experiments and basic control theory, infra-red mapping, tension measurements, and image processing.

Learning outcome

The students should get in touch with the research frontier within field, experimental and numerical methods used in physics of geological processes. The course also includes practical training in writing reports from small research projects.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway, you must either have 2MX/2MY/3MZ and 3MX/3FY/3KJ/3BI/(2KJ+3BT)/(2BI+3BT) from Norwegian upper secondary school, or have completed equivalent studies in mathematics as well as physics, or chemistry, or biology at upper secondary school or university level at another educational institution. Read more about fulfilling special requirements.

Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor degree in physics, geo-sciences or applied mathematics. The courses FYS-GEO4100 – Introductory project work in physics of geological processes (discontinued) and FYS-GEO4200 – Case study in physics of geological processes (continued) should be taken together with FYS-GEO4300.


The course extends over a full semester with approx. 2 hours of teaching per week. In addition the course includes compulsory laboratory, field, and computer based exercises.

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.


A number of reports are evaluated through the semester. All candidates must give an lecture on a given subject. In addition there will be a final oral exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

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.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)