This course is discontinued

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Course content

Key issues of the nucleus and nuclear processes: What is the driving force behind radioactivity and nuclear radiation? Why are some atomic nuclei stable and other radioactive? What happens when a nucleus disintegrates (breaks apart)? What is the radiation which is emitted when the nucleus disintegrates? Furthermore, you will learn about naturally occurring and artificially made radioactivity, mass and energy changes during nuclear process, fission and fusion, production of radionuclei, the most common detection methods and the principles behind them, safety procedures when working with radioactive material, etc.

Learning outcome

The course gives you a basic understanding of what radioactivity and nuclear radiation are, and how you safely can use radioactivity as a tool in your research. The goal is to give the student a theoretical and practical background in the use of radioactivity and radiation within a broad variety of fields in a competent and secure way. The course is recommended for everybody who uses radioactivity in their Master or PhD work, regardless of research field.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with KJM3900 – Radioactivity

The course has 9 credit points overlap with KJ 250.


The teaching is given in the first part of the autumn semester. In the second half of the semester the intention is that the students may take either KJM5910 or KJM-FYS5920. A detailed schedule will be available under "Detailed course information" and in Classfronter at the start of the semester.

Before 10 August / 10 January international students must inform the Examination Officer at the Department of Chemistry (room VU20, phone 22855447) if English teaching is requested.

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.


Oral examination.

This subject does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examination, see /studier/admin/eksamen/sykdom-utsatt/mn/index.html and

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The teaching will be cancelled if less than 3 students are signed for the course at the registration deadline.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)

English if requested by international students, otherwise Norwegian.