GEO4850 – Advanced Structural Geology in Basin Analysis

Course content

The course focuses on the structural geology of sedimentary basins. Subjects cover the mainly brittle deformation in the development of tectonic provinces and their sedimentary basins, including related deformation processes and mechanisms. This involves fieldwork, seismic interpretation and plotting of structural data.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, students have 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 (extensional, strike-slip, contractional, diapiric) 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 in thematic sections, given as several lectures, obligatory seminars and/or obligatory exercises each week throughout the semester.

A report from the exercises and seminars must be submitted and approved before the examination.

The course has 5 days of compulsory fieldwork early in the semester, upon which a field report must be submitted that will count 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 Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

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.


  • Reports from exercises and seminars must be approved in order for the candidate to sit the final exam.
  • The field report counts 30% towards the final grade.
  • The final written exam counts 70% towards the final grade.
  • Both the field report and the final written exam must be passed separately in order to pass the course.

With few students participating in the course, an oral exam may replace the written 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 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for the following course:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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. 1, 2022 2:16:32 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language