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Course content

The course will describe the formation and usage of several economic resources and their characterisation. There will be an emphasis on the specific materials and the process responsible for their formation as well as their importance for modern society.

Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, the students will

  • have an understanding of the processes creating economic resources and an understanding of different types of deposits
  • be able to apply and interpret different analytical methods (e.g. XRD and EPMA) to characterise minerals and rocks, which are useful for a future career in academia or the industry

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.

The courses GEO4812 and GEO9812 have a joint admission, with a joint capacity of 20 students. 

If there are more then 20 applicants for GEO4812/9812, applicants will be ranked after the following categories:

  1. Master's students in Geosciences admitted to the following programme option: 

  2. Master's students in Geosciences admitted to one of the other programme options

  3. PhD candidates in Geosciences at the Department of Geosciences

  4. Master's students in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry

  5. Exchange students and other master's students at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  6. Visiting PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution

  7. Single course students at master’s level

Applicants will be ranked by the number of ECTS credits within each category: all applicants within category 1 are ranked before applicants in category 2. If there are space limitations in the course, available places will be given to students selected randomly among those with the same amount of ECTS credits.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

  • Applicants registering for this course must hold a bachelor's degree in Geosciences or in Chemistry.

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

Overlapping courses


The course will be running for a full semester (21 weeks) and consists of 1 lecture (2 hours) and 1 practical lab (2 hours) per week. Attendance in the practical lab work is mandatory and has to be approved before you sit the final examination. Note that some basic geological bachelor's level knowledge can be part of the final examination of this course.

There will be two days on a mandatory field trip with accommodation.

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.


  • The mandatory field trip(s) and attendance in the practical lab work must be approved before sitting the written examination for the course.
  • A final written examination counts for 100% towards the final grade.

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 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

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Language of examination

The examination text is given in English. 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) July 7, 2022 5:15:59 AM

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