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Course content

The first part of the course consists of lectures giving a systematic overview of continental rifts, oceanic spreading centers, transform faults, subduction zones and orogenic belts. The tectonic processes characterizing these geotectonic environments and in particular their significance for basin formation, deformation, metamorphism and generation of magma will be in focus in this part of the course. The second part of the course concentrates on the tectonic evolution of a region. This part will largely be covered by student seminar presentations. The seminars also serve as preparation for a field course with excursions and exercises.

Learning outcome

You gain an overview of different plate tectonic environments, and their evolution in time and space.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Recommended previous knowledge

HMS0504 – Field Safety OR MNHMS0015FS – Introduction to Field Safety (discontinued)

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4840 – Tectonics


2 hours lectures and 2 hours seminars/exercises pr. week. Presentations by students. Field course (mapping and excursion) 10 days.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

General information about excursions at the Department 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.


A project report which is to be presented and final oral or written examination.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


We reserve the right to change the form of teaching and exams according to the number of students. This will be decided between the teacher and students.

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