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Course content

The course addresses nanoscience and nanotechnology, with emphasis on properties and applications for functional materials, and how these change in the nanodimension. The course also deals with the ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) of nanotechnology.

Learning outcome

The student will gain an overview of how and why materials properties change in nanodimensions, how this can be utilised in new applications, and the possible ethical and social aspects of this.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

or similar courses.


The course comprises 26 hours of lectures, 26 hours of group seminars and one compulsory project assignment.

The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Expedition Office has to be informed in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, or e-mail, or else you will lose your place in the course.


Written final exam (4 hours) at the end of the semester which counts 80 % of the total grade and one compulsory written midterm exam (1 hour) which counts 20 %.  If you have documented and excused absence from the midterm exam, the final exam counts 100 % of the final grade. The project assignment must be approved before a student may take the final exam.

Examination support material

Pocket calculator. ”Fysiske størrelser og enheter – navn og symboler” Carl Angell og Bjørn Ebbe Lian, Universitetsforlaget, or similar types of collection of units.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

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.

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.


The teaching will be cancelled if fewer than five students have registered for the course by the closing date for course registration in January.

An approved project assignment is valid in four subsequent semesters after it was approved for the first time.

Facts about this course






Every spring

The teaching is canceled for Autumn 2019. The course will be given as a spesial curriculum Autumn 2019.

From Spring 2020 the course will be given every Spring.


Every spring

Autumn 2019 only final written exam (100%)

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)