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Course content

You will learn about how sediments are formed, transported, deposited and altered. The course covers the most important factors that affect sedimentary processes, with emphasis on characteristic properties of different types of sediment and sedimentary rock. Depositional environments of sediments on land and in water are examined: in lakes, rivers and marine areas. Exercises related to the lectures, collected field data, logs and photographic material provide practical experience in describing and interpreting sediments, sedimentary rocks and stratigraphic sequences.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this course, you can

  • describe how sediments and sedimentary rocks are formed through transport and deposition, with a basic insight into diagenesis and petroleum geology
  • identify the main types of sedimentary rocks, textures, ichnofacies and sedimentary structures, and are able to reflect on the implications of their formation
  • describe the most important characteristics of continental and marine sedimentary environments
  • understand stratigraphic principles such as lithostratigraphy, biostratigraphy, chronostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy
  • apply field-based techniques such as sedimentary logging and interpretation, the correlation between logs, and basic facies analysis

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).

Formal prerequisite knowledge

The course includes a compulsory field course. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on the field course:

Overlapping courses


There are 6 hours of lectures/exercises per week. 4-6 exercises must be approved before sitting the final examination.

There is a compulsory 3-5-day field course. 

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.

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.

Cost of taking the course

Participation in the excursion is mandatory. The excursion has a fee of NOK 150 per day.


  • 4-6 exercises have to be approved in order to be allowed to sit the final written examination. Most of these will also be included as part of the field report.
  • The field report counts 50% towards the final grade.
  • The final written examination counts 50% towards the final grade.
  • Both the field report and the final written examination must be passed separately in order to pass the course.

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian.

You may submit your response 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) Aug. 9, 2022 4:14:24 PM

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