GEO4850 – Structural Geology and Basin Formation

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Course content

The course focuses on structural geology of the upper crust. Subjects covered are mainly brittle deformation in formation of tectonic provinces and associated sedimentary basins and related deformation processes and mechanisms. We will work in the lab with studies of and excercises on different structural geological objects, use of maps and remote sens-ing data, and there will also be 5-7 days of field training.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, students have comprehensive insight in:

  • Structures developed during mainly brittle deformation in the upper crust and the geometry/architecture of struc-tures that develops during fracture and fault growth.
  • Analyses of various tectonic provinces (extension, strike-slip, contraction, diapirism) and their sedimentary basins.
  • Deformation mechanisms operating in faults and how they impact fluid flow.
  • Importance of kinematic indicators and fault dynamics.
  • Relationships between faults and earthquakes.


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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.

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses


The course is taught intensively over several week-long modules through the semester (block-module teaching). Seminars and exercises of 3 hrs a week will cover the entire semester. Before the exam, the course is summed up by a seminar. At least 80% of the exercises and seminars must be completed, and the field report must be approved.

The course has 5-7 days of compulsory field work (field seminar) early in the semester.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (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

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.


  • All compulsory activity must be approved in order for the candidate to take the final exam.
  • The written field report counts for 20%.
  • Final oral examination counts for 80%.

With many students participating in the course, a 3-hours written exam will replace the oral exam. This will be decided between the teacher and students.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who have 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.

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:

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.


This course changed name from the autumn of 2019 from GEO4850 – Advanced structural geology to GEO4850 - Structural Geology and Basin Formation.

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