Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

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

This course deals with the processes that shape the Earth’s surface. These processes are associated with water flow (fluvial processes), glaciers (glacial processes), frozen ground (periglacial processes) and slopes (gravitational processes). Emphasis is placed on how these processes modify the land surface in alpine and polar regions.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will:

  • know the physical processes that form the landscape, especially in cold regions.
  • understand a glacier’s mass balance, dynamics and hydrology.
  • have an understanding of how the material is transported both by fluvial and gravitational processes.
  • know about the significance of temperature variations in the ground.
  • be able to calculate the mass balance and deformation rate of a glacier.
  • be able to calculate heat transport in the ground.
  • be able to use water discharge curves to calculate sediment transport and erosion in a landscape.

Admission to the course

Students at UiO register for courses and exams 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) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

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 and excursions. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on these.

Overlapping courses


Lectures and exercises according to 6 hours per week.

It is a compulsory field course of 3-4 days, and two compulsory 1-day excursions, one in March collecting snow data and one in May. The field activities are together with the course GEO2330 – Hydrology. A field report must be written from the field course, and this counts towards the final grade.

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 (

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

General information about excursions at the Department of Geosciences.


  • Report from field course counts for 30%.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 70%.
  • Both the report from the field course and the final written examination must be passed individually in order to pass the course.

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.

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

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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. 30, 2020 2:15:15 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)