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 and a field-based project.

Learning outcome

The students will be trained in:

  • Phase equilibria and phase diagrams relevant to magmatic and metamorphic systems
  • Magmatic processes governing Earth and planetary evolution
  • Mineralogical and geochemical consequences of partial melting, magma migration, differentiation and emplacement in the mantle and the crust.
  • Metamorphic reactions and geothermobarometry
  • Kinetics of metamorphism and the role of fluids in controlling the rates and mechanisms of metamorphic processes
  • Changes in petrophysical properties in response to metamorphic reactions

Admission to the course

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Formal prerequisite knowledge

The following courses must be taken before the first lecture in GEO4860:

For further information see website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses.

Overlapping courses


Lectures, written assignments and an obligatory field project.

Assignments and field project must be approved in order for the student 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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

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 HMS0504 when you attend the first lecture.

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.

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • Written assignment test counts 20%.
  • Mid-term exam (3 hours) counts 30%.
  • Project report counts 20%.
  • Final written exam (3 hours) counts 30%.
  • All parts must be passed individually in order to pass the course.

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. 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: GEO9860 – Advanced Petrology (discontinued)

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

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

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.

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

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 5, 2022 1:16:46 PM

Facts about this course


The course is last held spring 2020


Examination is last held spring 2022

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