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Course content

This course examines the processes that lead to the formation of magmatic and metamorphic rocks. A lecture series is combined with written assignments, a field-based project and an oral presentation of an assigned topic.

Learning outcome

The candidates will get practice in the preparation and presentation of a lecture topic and be trained in:

  • Phase relations governing magmatic and metamorphic processes
  • Magmatic processes responsible for Earth and planetary evolution
  • Mineralogical and geochemical evolution of magmatic systems.
  • Metamorphism and geothermobarometry
  • Kinetics of metamorphic reactions and the role of fluids in controlling the rates and mechanisms of metamorphic processes
  • Petrophysical property changes as a function of metamorphism


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

GEL2110 – Mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry, inorganic chemistry.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO4860 – Advanced petrology


Lectures, written assignments and an obligatory field project.  Preparation of an oral presentation. All parts must be approved in order for the candidate to take the final exam.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address: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


Written assignment test (18%), three-hour mid-term exam (27%), project report (14%), three-hour final exam (27%) and oral presentation of assigned topic (14%).

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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