GEO4850 – Structural Geology and Basin Formation

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

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

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, students have a comprehensive insight into:

  • Structures developed during mainly brittle deformation in the upper crust and the geometry/architecture of structures 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.

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.

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


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 fieldwork (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 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.


  • 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%.
  • Both the written field report and the final examination must be passed individually in order to pass the course. 

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

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) Sep. 30, 2020 7:12:44 AM

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