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Course content

The foundations of quantum mechanics. Postulates, operators, wave functions. Exactly soluble systems. Angular momentum. Symmetry. Variation principle. Perturbation theory. Molecular orbital theory. Hartree-Fock model, configuration-interaction model, multiconfiguration self-consistent field theory, coupled-cluster theory and density-functional theory.

Learning outcome

The course gives an introduction to quantum chemistry. With emphasis on theory, the course serves as a background both for students in quantum chemistry and for students that use quantum chemical calculations in connection with experimental work.


Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.


Recommended previous knowledge

KJM2600 – Physical chemistry II - quantum chemistry and spectroscopy, KJM3600 – Molecular Modeling (continued) and a minimum knowledge in mathematics corresponding to MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued).

Overlapping courses

  • 7 credits overlap with KJ260
  • 3 credits overlap with KJ465
  • 10 credits overlap with KJM9600

The course has 7 ECTS credits overlap with KJ 260 and 3 ECTS credits overlap with KJ 465.


The course comprises 45 hours of lectures and 30 hours of exercises.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46). If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will loose the access to the course for the given semester.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Oral examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Teaching may be cancelled if less than 5 students apply. It will still be possible for students to complete compulsory activities and exam if they wish.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

English if requested by international students, otherwise Norwegian.