GEO4830 – Analytical methods in geochemistry

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Course content

The course will introduce the student to various analytical methods used in geochemistry and geology . It will provide a theoretical background, and a practical introduction to methods of relevance to the student’s own MSc research through laboratory excercises.. The course consists of a theoretical module and several laboratory modules, the student must select three laboratory modules that are relevant for the research component of the MSc project. One of these - a 2 credit point module on ICPMS can be used as part of the course KJM-MENA4010.

Learning outcome

During the course you will:

  • learn the principles of important methods used to analyse the chemical and mineralogical composition of rocks and minerals.
  • be introduced to scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microprobe (EMP),  and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).
  • receive an introduction to the statistical treatment of analytical data, including the calculation of detection limits, precision and accuracy.


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Lectures (2 hours pr week) and practicals (4 hours pr week).

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

To attend the course it is required that the following courses must be taken before the first lecture:

You will need to provide documentation that you have passed HMS0503 when you attend the first lecture.

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.


Active participation to the exercises and discussion of the results are a prerequisite for admission to the final exam.

Final exam is oral if 4 or less students, written if 5 or more students.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. 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.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2017

The subject was taught for the last time autumn 2017.


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