GEO5411 – Field course in glacial and periglacial geomorphology/geocryology

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Course content

In this field course topics related to cold climate geomorphology will be discussed together with advanced topics within geocryology (terrestrial glacier and permafrost). The place of the field course can vary, depending on actual running projects and external financing. During the field work the use of modern field instrumentation (geophycial exploration, temperature monitoring, mass balance measurements, terrestrial laser scanning, photogrammetry etc) will be emphasized.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will:

  • understand the geomorphological processes in cold environments, and the most recent developments in cryospheric research
  • get a understanding of methods and results of recent scientific publications in cold climate geomorphology, and be able to discuss the methods and results
  • be able to plan and carry out field measurements


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

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

This course is offered on an irregular basis, and is related to special activities at the Department of Geosciences. The number of study places will vary. Admission takes place after individual application. When more applications than available seats, a ranking of applicants will be based on:

  • Grades
  • Progression in studies


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

Background in geosciences, preferably geomorphology/geophysics. Reading list for preparation will be provided.


This course consist of a 5-8 days supervised field course and excursion. During the field course, intensive lectures are given every day (c. 10 hours). It has to be delivered a project report demanding on substantial work after end of the field course (group work). The project rapport is based on data gathered during the field course, and has be approved in fullfilment to pass the course.

The field course is compulsory to attend to. 

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.


  • Attandance on the field course/excursion.
  • A detailed excursion report (individual work).
  • A project report (group work), based on data gathered during the field course has to be approved to pass the course.

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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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.

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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2019

The course is only eligible for incoming students on the bilateral CryoJaNo-agreement. Other students should register for GEO4410.


Autumn 2019

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