GEO-DEEP9500 – Special Topics on Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth and Planets

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Course content

This course explores state-of-the art principles, methods, and techniques within selected topics in DEEP research school themes. The specific course topic varies from semester to semester, and will be decided based on the suggestions and needs of the research school members and teachers. In general, the course includes:

  • Short repetition of the topic relevant basics according to the selected course topic
  • In-depth theory of the course topic
  • Overview of relevant methods and data, and can if relevant include practical (laboratory) work
  • Detailed application scenarios
  • New developments in the field of the theme

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Learning outcome

The students will gain specialized insight on themes of the Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth and Planets Research School, and

  • understand the technical principles behind the course theme
  • understand how this principles can be applied to geoscientific tasks within the course theme
  • understand which data and methods are relevant to solve these tasks
  • understand how the characteristics and errors of these data influence the analysis results
  • understand current developments and open questions in the field of the course theme


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 at the same time apply for visiting PhD status. They must submit the same documentation as regular visiting status applicants, but the application and documentation is 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.

Usually there is no upper limit for the number of participants; however, when laboratory work or other tools in restricted number need to be used upper limits may apply. If limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included.

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.

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:

  • 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.

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.

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.

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.

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






Taught according to demand and resources. Course theme and teaching will be announced to DEEP members. If you want more information, please contact


According to demand and resources.

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