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Course content

This course will provide an introduction to the formation, constitution and evolution of planetary systems and planetary bodies. The 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 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
  • understand the fundamentals of the shapes and interior structure of the planetary body in relation to meteorite composition, heat budget and gravitation, including the conditions when a magnetic field can be generated

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)

And in addition one of these:

  • Mathematics R2
  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

Mathematics R2 was a requirement up until and including the study year 2021/2022, as part of a trial arrangement. From and including the study year 2022/2023, Mathematics R2 is no longer a requirement.

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

Overlapping courses


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 final written examination.

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 Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • Compulsory seminars/practicals must be approved before sitting the final written examination.
  • Final written examination counts 100% towards the final grade.

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 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

Approved calculator, Rottman: Collection of Mathematical Formulas

Language of examination

Courses 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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 7, 2022 5:14:43 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)