KJM9600 – Quantum Chemistry

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

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 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.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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


The teaching includes 45 hours of lectures and 30 hours of exercises.

Attendance at the first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to join, the Department of Chemistry has to be informed in advance. If you fail to register as an active student for the course in either of these ways, you will lose the access to the course for the given semester.


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

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: KJM5600 – Quantum Chemistry

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.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 2:16:51 PM

Facts about this course


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.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)