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Course content

This course will provide an introduction to the formation, constitution and evolution of planetary systems and planetary bodies. This course also covers an introduction to the characteristics of planets and planetary bodies (structure, surface, atmospheres) and processes acting on, in and between them.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • describe the structure and evolution of planetary systems (solar system and extra-solar systems), the distribution and properties of planets, minor planets, comets and meteorites
  • understand master components of celestial mechanics, which describe the motion of bodies within the gravitational field of the central star
  • understand processes acting in and on planetary atmospheres, considering implications of distance to the sun and composition
  • understand the differences and similarities of surface evolutions on the various solid surface bodies and implications for the interior process as well as climate evolution
  • master the fundamentals on the shapes and interior structure of planetary body in relation to meteorite composition, heat budget and gravitation, including the conditions when a magnetic field can be generated


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.

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


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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).

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO-AST4410 – Planetary Sciences


3 hours lectures per week, and 3 hours mandatory seminar/practicals per week, over 12 weeks. The seminars/practicals are compulsory and must be approved before sitting the written examination at the end.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:



  • Compulsory seminars/practicals must be approved before sitting the final written examination.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 100%.

Examination support material

Calkulator, Rottman: Collection of Mathematical Formulas

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 scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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: GEO-AST4410 – Planetary Sciences

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


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)