KJM5922 – Radiochemical Measurement Techniques

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021 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.

Please note that there may be changes in the form of examination for some courses taught Spring 2021. We aim to bring both the course description and the semester page of all courses up to date with correct information by 1 February 2021.

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

Course content

The student will get a thorough introduction to radiochemical and nuclear measurement techniques, including how the associated detectors work. In particular, emphasis is on spectroscopy techniques where the energy of the radiation is accurately determined to enable nucleus identification and discrimination of unwanted nuclei. The most common measurement methods for alpha, beta, and gamma will all be thoroughly discussed and highlighted in four laboratory exercises.

Please notice that liquid scintillation detection is not included in this course, as it is thoroughly taught in KJM5912 – Radiochemistry.

Learning outcome

After completing this course:

  • you know how to set up and calibrate a spectroscopy system.
  • you understand how semiconductor detectors work.
  • you underdtand how the interaction between gamma radiation and matter determine the shape and quality of a spectrum.
  • you can set up and use a high resolution Ge-detector for gamma measurements.
  • you can set up and use semiconductor detectors for particle detection (alpha and beta).
  • you know enough about measurement systems to be able to select the right type of detector for measurement of radioactivity.
  • you can evaluate how a sample needs to be prepared for detection and select suitable detector geometry and set up.

Admission to the course

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.

The courses KJM5922 and KJM9922 has common admission, with 8 places in total.

Applicants are ranked by the following criteria:

  1. PhD students at the MN faculty
  2. Master's students at the Department of Chemistry who have the course in their educational plan
  3. Master's students at the MN faculty

Formal prerequisite knowledge

KJM5903 – Radiation Protection

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures (20 hours)

  • Individual teaching in the form of video, podcast and simulations (8-10 hours)

  • Mandatory laboratory course (4 days of 8 hours)

The mandatory laboratory course must be approved before you can take the final exam. Absence must be documented with a valid reason (medical note from a doctor or similar). A completed laboratory course is valid for six semesters after the semester in which it was approved. After this period, you must complete the laboratory course again before you can take the final exam.

It is mandatory to attend the first lecture (including students on the waiting list). If you are unable to attend the first lecture, you must notify the Department of Chemistry before the start of the lecture, otherwise, your course registration will be canceled.

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.

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.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

The laboratory course must be approved before you can take the final 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: KJM9922 – Radiochemical Measurement Techniques

Examination support material

Map of nuclides

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) Jan. 26, 2021 1:21:37 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)