GEO-DEEP9100 – Planetary Physics and Global Tectonics

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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The course will give an introduction to the physics and tectonic processes that govern the properties and evolution of the Earth and other planets.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will obtain a fundamental knowledge of

  • how the Earth and planets in the Solar System form, and how this compares to other planetary systems.
  • planetary accretion and planetary evolution and how it is fundamental for describing the dynamics and properties of the Earth and planets.
  • accretion, differentiation and the planets’ heat budget.
  • planetary surfaces, the timing and patterns of (plate) tectonics.
  • how Earth’s figure, gravity field, rotation, mantle convection and tidal interaction modify and complicate the reconstructed movements on the planet’s surface.
  • how numerical modelling can be used for reconstructing the planet’s structure and evolution.

Admission to the course

Open to PhD candidates enrolled in the Norwegian Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets (DEEP).

Registration is done by filling out this online application form: 

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

Other students submit the same documentation as regular visiting status applicants, but the application and documentation are to be delivered together with the online application form. DEEP can be contacted for questions. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.

There is no upper limit of participants.


The course is centred on a one-week session (about 40 h) held in Oslo. This includes lectures and practical. Prior to the course week, the students will receive course material and prepare for an obligatory presentation on a given topic. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course. Home examination occurs after the course week.

Obligatory activities:

  • A short presentation on a given topic
  • Home examination


Obligatory presentation on a given topic during the course week. The presentation must be evaluated as approved in order to take the final exam.

Home exam to be delivered up to one month after the course week and within the semester.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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. 26, 2021 8:16:30 PM

Facts about this course


Every other autumn starting from 2016.

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