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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 thorough introduction to practical radiation protection for those who work with ionizing radiation. The course is aimed at students who wish or need to acquire practical knowledge and working skills in nuclear and radiochemistry. Primarily, the course focuses on work with open, radioactive sources, i.e. when there is a risk not only from radiation but also to get in contact - be contaminated - by the radioactive material itself. 

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you

  • have in-depth knowledge of the principles of safe radiation protection (the "ALARA" principle)
  • have experience in risk analysis of working with open radioactive sources
  • have knowledge of typical accident scenarios (i.e. contaminated equipment, work surfaces or personnel) and practical training to prevent these types of accidents
  • have knowledge of the relevant laws, and regulations, and procedures
  • have sufficient knowledge and training to be able to establish local rules and procedures
  • have experience with and detailed knowledge on the use and control of the usual common types of radiation protection monitors, including verifying that the instruments function properly

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.

KJM3900 – Radioactivity or similar.

Overlapping courses


The teaching includes:

  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 23 hours of practical exercises
  • 10 hours of supervised work distributed on a 3-day intensive course and 5 days of training.

Attendance at all of the teaching is mandatory. The mandatory teaching must be completed and the mandatory lab journals approved before you can sit the final exam.

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% of the grade.

The oral exam is based on 2-3 hours of individual work. Exercises will be handed out 1-2 days prior to the oral exam.

The mandatory teaching must be completed and the mandatory lab journals approved before you can sit 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: KJM5903 – Radiation Protection

Examination support material

Chart of nuclides, databases (electronic), spectroscopy software or other relevant software programs, etc. will be made available for the student if needed for the examination. The required support material will be specified before the final exam.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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. 25, 2020 3:16:46 PM

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Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)