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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 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.

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

Course content

The course gives a broad introduction to radioactivity and the application of radioactivity. It is for anyone wanting to know what radioactivity and ionizing radiation are and how it can be used. The course is recommended for everyone who intends to work with nuclear and radiochemistry, but also for persons who are going to work with radioactivity and radioactive material in related fields, e.g. medicine, biotechnology, chemistry, pharmacy, geology, physics, etc. The course is also relevant for students who just want an introductory course in this challenging field. In addition to basics, we touch upon many different subjects, e.g. nuclear reactors, fission, fusion, nuclear medicine, formation of the elements in cosmos, super-heavy elements, nuclear bombs, accelerators, etc

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you will:

  • know what radioactivity is and how it arises
  • know about radioactivity in nature and why it is there
  • know about fundamental concepts e.g. half-life, radioactive series and isotope generators
  • have a fundamental understanding about what a nucleus "looks like" (shell model, liquid drop model, magic numbers).
  • understand disintegration processes, nuclear reactions, and fission.
  • know the fundamental principles for a nuclear reactor and the different problems around them (criticality, waste, security)
  • understand on a fundamental level how radioactivity is used in medicine for diagnosis and therapy (nuclear medicine)
  • know about typical examples of how radioactivity is used in research and industry.

The objective is to give the students a basis for using radioactivity and related radiation in different types of activity in a versatile and competent way. The course is recommended for everyone who is going to use radioactivity in their MSc or PhD, regardless of topic.

Admission to the course

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

The course has a capacity of 30 students. Applicants are prioritized in the following order:

  1. Students continuing their master studies in the environmental science research section
  2. Students who will be working with radioactivity in their research project at UiO
  3. Students who will be working with radioactivity in their research project outside of UiO

Special admission requirements

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

KJM1002 – Introduction to Chemistry. It is recommended to follow this course no earlier than the fourth semester during your bachelor studies.

Overlapping courses


The course consists of 14 days of teaching (once a week) which normally looks like this:

  • Morning lecture with incorporated exercises (09:15-10:15)
  • Project work and/or calculation exercises (10:30-12:00)
  • Afternoon lecture with incorporated exercises (12:45-13:30)
  • "Today's Special" and/or lecture (13:45-14:30)
  • Self study without teaching assistant (14:45-16:00)

The classroom teaching consists of lectures, exercises, and small projects. A project assignment needs to be completed during the semester and needs to be approved before you can sit for the final exam.

The course operates with a "obligatory point system" where attendance in activities is awarded points. You will need at least 160 points in order to sit for the exam. Many of these points you get when working with the obligatory project. 

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, you must notify the student administration at the Department of Chemistry. If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will lose access to the course for the given semester.


  • Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 100% towards the finale grade. 

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.

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: KJM4900 – Radioactivity

Examination support material

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 27, 2020 4:16:35 AM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)