GEO-DEEP9200 – Deep Earth and Planetary Mineralogy and Dynamics

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Spring 2021 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale.

As a general rule, exams at the MN Faculty will during the autumn of 2021 be conducted without physical attendance. For reasons relating to the course content, some courses will have on-campus written examination if the current infection rate makes this possible.

The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The course treats Earth and planetary differentiation to form core, mantle and crust and gives insights into the seismic structure, heat production, heat flow and convective dynamics of the Earth. The melting and subsolidus phase relations and mineral physics of silicate rocks and Fe-dominated alloys are central to our understanding of Earth and planetary dynamics and evolution. The identification of primordial, melt-depleted and deeply recycled crustal material by radiogenic isotope systematics will also be reviewed.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will obtain basic knowledge of

  • the processes governing Earth and planetary differentiation, evolution and convective dynamics
  • phase relations, mineral physics and isotope geochemistry of Earth and planetary materials
  • the structure and properties of the Earth, derived from mineral physics and seismology
  • heat transfer, convective flow and the geodynamo

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 an online application form.

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must apply for visiting PhD status. This is easily done through the same online application form. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.

There is no upper limit of number of participants.

Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


The course is centred on a one- or two-week session (about 40 h). This includes lectures and practical.

Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course. To be able to sit the final exam, you have to give a short presentation on a given topic during the course week


Home exam that counts 100% of the final grade.

In order to sit the final exam, a mandatory presentation must be approved.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

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.

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) June 12, 2021 4:13:41 PM

Facts about this course


Every other spring starting from 2017.

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