GEO9550 – Seminar on Current Topics in Geoscience

Teaching and exams spring 2022

In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.

Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.

Course content

This research-oriented seminar includes in-depth discussions of selected state-of-the-art topics in Geoscience, including emerging research directions and recent publications related to the solid Earth, the land surface and its vegetation, the hydrosphere (oceans and hydrology), the cryosphere, the atmosphere and the ocean.

Typical topics include

  • discussion of current research
  • reflection upon selected scientific publications
  • presentation and discussion of topics on the Geoscience research frontier
  • methodological innovations
  • links to other disciplines

Learning outcome

After taking this course, you will be able to

  • understand and explain the most recent methodological developments and results of recent publications by others
  • place your own research in a broader disciplinary and interdisciplinary context
  • analyze how geoscience intersects with other disciplines
  • communicate and discuss research methods and results
  • reflect critically upon research results

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 mainly directed at master's students and PhD candidates at the Department of Geosciences.

Overlapping courses


The teaching will take place as seminars that cover one special topic each and include teaching and discussion of the taught topics, project presentations, and discussion on papers.

It is obligatory to attend 10 seminar dates, and you must prepare and lead one of them. This may require seminar attendance over two semesters. The student must hand in the presentation files and an extended abstract connected to the seminar presentation you have led, which will count toward 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.


  • Attendance at 10 seminar dates needs to be approved in order to receive the final grade in the course.
  • You will be assessed based on the seminar presentation you have led (40%), the handed in extended abstract (30%) and the handed in presentation files (30%), and these will together count 100% towards the final grade. All three parts must be passed separately in order 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 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.

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) Jan. 20, 2022 10:13:41 PM

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