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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 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.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

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

Course content

The course will describe the formation and usage of several economic resources and their characterisation. There will be an emphasis on the specific materials and the process responsible for their formation as well as their importance for modern society.

Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course the students will:

  • Have an understanding of the processes creating economic resources and an understanding of different types of deposits
  • Be able to apply and interpret different analytical methods (e.g. XRD and EPMA) to characterise minerals and rocks, which are useful for a future career in academia or the industry
  • Get experience in presenting a scientific article in a relevant topic of the course

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 courses GEO4812 and GEO9812 has a joint admission, with a joint capacity of 20 students. 

If there are more then 20 applicants for GEO4812/9812, applicants will be ranked after the following categories:

  1. Master students in Geosciences admitted to the following programme options: 

  2. Master students in Geosciences admitted to one of the other programme options

  3. PhD students in Geosciences at the Department of Geosciences

  4. Master students in Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry

  5. Exchange students and other master students at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  6. Visiting PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution

  7. Single course students at the master’s level

Applicants will be ranked by the number of ECTS-credits within each category: all applicants within category 1 is ranked before applicants in category 2. If there are space limitations in the course, available places will be given to students selected randomly among those with the same amount of ECTS credits.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

  • Applicants registering for this course must hold a Bachelor´s Degree in Geosciences or in Chemistry.

The course includes a compulsory field course and excursions. A HSE-course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on these.

Overlapping courses


The course will be running for a full semester (21 weeks) and consists of 1 lecture (2 hours)- and 1 practical lab (2 hours) per week. Attendance in the practical lab work is mandatory and has to be approved to sit for the final examination. Note that some basic geological bachelor level knowledge can be part of the final examination of this course. As a PhD student, you are expected to present one scientific article about earth materials or details of a relevant theme in class during the course.

There will be two days on a mandatory field trip with accommodation.

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.


  • The mandatory field trip(s), presentation of a scientific article or a theme covered in the course, and the attendance in practical lab work must be approved before sitting the written examination for the course.
  • Final written examination (3 hours) counts for 100%.

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

Approved calculators

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English. You may submit your response 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) Jan. 23, 2021 6:14:14 PM

Facts about this course


Every second autumn, starting from 2020. 

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