GEO9411 – Field Course in Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology/Geocryology

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.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

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 fieldwork, the use of modern field instrumentation (geophysical 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 an 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
  • get experience with presentations of scientific reports in the subject area, and be able to summarize actual research in review essays

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

The 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

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.

Background in geosciences, preferably geomorphology/geophysics. 

Overlapping courses


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). A presentation of a given subject in class during the field course is required. It has to be delivered a project report demanding substantial work after the end of the field course (group work). The project report is based on data gathered during the field course and has to be approved in order to pass the course.

The field course is compulsory to attend to.

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.

Cost of taking the course

Participation in the excursion is mandatory. The excursion has a fee of NOK 150 per day.


  • Attandance on the field course/excursion
  • A presentation of a given subject during the field course
  • 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.

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 pass/fail scale. 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. 29, 2020 7:12:57 AM

Facts about this course


The course will not be taught autumn 2020.

Taught in the autumn semester on an irregular basis.

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