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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

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

Course content

The main aim of the course is to give knowledge about how the glaciers respond to climate changes. A global perspective will be given with emphasis on examples from polar regions. The focus will be on understanding the processes and impacts of the climate on glacier behaviour.

Learning outcome

During the course you will:

  • Understand how different parameters affect the surface mass balance of glaciers
  • Understand the dynamics of the glaciers and the effect on mass changes
  • Get insight into mass balance modelling
  • Get insight into the different methods to analyze glacier and ice sheet changes
  • Be updated and able to discuss recent and ongoing research activity on glaciers and ice sheets
  • Get a deeper understanding of the scientific method by peer-revision

The topics may be given different weight depending on the background of the students.

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.

Overlapping courses

  • 10 credits overlap with GEO4420 – Glaciology.
  • 5 credits overlap with AG-325.
  • 5 credits overlap with AG-825.


Lectures and seminars where recent papers will be presented, peer-reviewed and discussed.

Presentation and discussion of minimum 2 scientific papers, where also a written summary of the discussion shall be presented, count 30%.

There will be a 3-5 days excursion where participation is mandatory. 

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (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

Cost of taking the course

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


  • Presentation and discussion of minimum 2 scientific papers, where also a written summary of the discussion shall be presented, count 30%
  • Final oral examination counts 70%
  • Both the presentation and discussion of the prescribed topic and the final examination must be passed individually in order to pass the course. 

If there are more than 8 students admitted for the course, the final examination may be held as a written examination (3 hours). 

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 if the final examination is given as a written examination. 

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) Nov. 25, 2020 3:13:57 AM

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