FYS-KJM9710 – Radiation and radiation dosimetry

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Course content

An introduction to different types of interaction between ionising radiation and matter, and how radiation doses from such radiation are calculated and measured (dosimetry). The effect of radiation on relevant substances like water and important biological molecules. This knowledge will form a basis for the understanding of the biological effects of ionising radiation and for the understanding of some measurement principles. An overview of radioactive and non-radioactive radiation sources. The use of such radiation sources in diagnostics, research, cancer treatment and industry. Principles of protection against radiation for external and internal radiation sources.

Learning outcome

To understand primary and secondary effects of ionising radiation, and how radiation doses are calculated and measured. The understanding of the principles of protection against radiation, their origin and applications will provide the student with a tool for evaluating possible dangers in the use of ionising radiation.


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

FYS3710-eng or KJM4900.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against KJ-FY370. 5 credits overlap against FYS398.


The course extends over a full semester with 3-4 hours of teaching per week. Compulsory lab work and problem solving. PhD candidates also has to deliver an compulsory essay on a theme connected with ordinary syllabus, but not directly from syllabus. The candidate has to suggest the theme himself, and it has to be approved by the teachers. The essay has to be handed in by November 1st and be approved before the final exam.


Compulsory lab work and problem solving, and an additional essay. Final oral exam.

Grading scale

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

Explanations and appeals

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Facts about this course






This course was last offered Autumn 2018.

It has been replaced with FYS9711 - Radiation and radiation dosimetry.


Exams will be offered Autumn 2019 and Autumn 2020.

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)