KJM9922 – Radiochemical Measurement Techniques

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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 student will get a thorough introduction to radiochemial 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 will:

  • Know how to set up and calibrate a spectroscopy system.
  • Understand how semiconductor detectors work.
  • Understand how the interaction between gamma radiation and matter determine the shape and quality of a spectrum.
  • Be able to set up and use a high resolution Ge-detector for gamma measurements.
  • Be able to set up and use semiconductor detectors for particle detection (alpha and beta).
  • Know enough about measurement systems to be able to select the right type of detector for measurement of radioactivity.
  • Be able to evaluate how a sample needs to be prepared for detection and select suitable detector geometry and set up.
  • Understand how multiple detectors can be interconnected (coincidence measurements) to improve selectivity and allow for position determination of the source.

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.

Maximum 8 students in total.

Ranking will use the following criteria:

1. PhD students at the MN faculty

2. Master's students at the Department of Chemistry who have the subject in their educational plan

3. Master's students at the MN faculty

Formal prerequisite knowledge

KJM5903 – Radiation Protection

Overlapping courses


  • Lectures (24 hours)

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

  • Mandatory laboratory course (5 days of 8 hours)

  • For the PhD variant of the course, there will be an additional laboratory exercise and a 4 hour lecture.

The laboratory course must be approved prior to the final examination.

A completed and approved laboratory course is valid for six semesters after the semester it was approved.

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 cancelled.

Attendance at the laboratory course is mandatory. If you are prevented from meeting, you have to show documentation that you were legally absent (medical note from a doctor or similar).

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 counts for 100% of the grade. Half of the time is spent on two selected lab reports.

The laboratory course must be approved before 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: KJM5922 – Radiochemical Measurement Techniques

Examination support material

Map of nuclides

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 3:16:47 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)