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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course will provide an introduction to the formation, constitution and evolution of planetary systems and planetary bodies. This 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

You will be introduced to a wide variety of physical, chemical, and geological processes that govern the motions and properties of planets:

  • Ability 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.
  • 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 the planetary body in relation to meteorite composition, heat budget and gravitation, including the conditions when a magnetic field can be generated.
  • Master to describe a given topic in a popular science article within the subject area.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Overlapping courses


3 hours lectures per week, and 3 hours mandatory seminar/practicals per week, over 12 weeks. Submission of a written assignment. The seminars/practicals/written assignment 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 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 and a written assignment must be approved before sitting the final written examination.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 100%.

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:

Examination support material

Approved calculator, 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.

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) Oct. 24, 2020 1:12:07 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)