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Course content

KJM 5901 is aimed at students who are going to work with radioactivity or radiochemical techniques in their research. The course focuses on uses of radioactivity in research and industry. The starting point is knowledge about radioactivity and radiation equal to what is learned in KJM3900. Central parts of the course are radiochemical analysis and separation methods. In addition different methods for producing radioactive material and how it can be detected will be taught. The course is intended to be taken together with KJM5911 – Laboratory exercises in radiochemistry. KJM5901 and KJM5911 are obligatory for students who pursue a Master's degree in Nuclear Chemistry.

Learning outcome

After having completed the course you should have obtained the following knowledge:

  • Detection of alpha-, beta-, and gamma-radiation with the most common detector types (gas-ionisation chamber, NaI scintillation, Ge semi-conductor, Si semi-conductor, liquid scintillation).
  • Special chemical properties of radio nuclides and their separation (small quantities, adsorption, uses of carriers, radiolysis, etc.).
  • Important factors influencing the chemical form of radio nuclides in aqueous solutions.
  • Production of radio nuclides by particle beams and neutrons, and from radionuclide generators.
  • Radiochemical separation methods (precipitation, ion exchange, solvent extraction, extraction chromatography).
  • Radio analytical methods (neutron activation, isotope dilution analysis, radiotracers, age determination).


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


Recommended previous knowledge

Knowledge about radioactivity and radiation equal to KJM3900 – Radioactivity.

Overlapping courses


The course includes 40 hours of lectures and 16 hours of group exercises.

The first lecture and the exercises are mandatory. If you are unable to join the mandatory lessons, you have to inform the Expedition Office in advance (phone 22 85 54 46, e-mail If you fail to register in either of these ways, you will lose your access to the course.


Oral exam.

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

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.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

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 is cancelled Autumn 2016


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)