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 will provide fundamental analytical descriptions of the physical processes acting in and on the solid parts of a planet. It will provide an understanding of planetary structure and formation as well as the constitutive properties that govern tectonic and planetary deformation, and the thermal evolution of the Earth.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • describe the planetary formation and the thermal evolution of the Earth and planets
  • derive the structure of the Earth and its gravitational and magnetic fields
  • relate the rheology of the Earth’s materials to patterns of plate and mantle deformation, including convection
  • conceptionally and analytically describe mantle plumes, plate tectonics, and subduction zones

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

It is recommended that students have knowledge equivalent of a bachelor in earth sciences or other physical/mathematical sciences.

Overlapping courses


Lectures and seminars including exercises, 6 hours per week throughout the semester. Up to three mandatory exercises which must be approved before you can take the final examination.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration ( 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.


  • Up to 3 mandatory exercises/presentations must be approved before sitting the final written examination of the course.
  • Final written exam (3 hours) counts for 100%.

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

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

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) Dec. 1, 2020 7:13:44 PM

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