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Exams after the reopening

As a general rule, exams will be conducted without physical attendance in the autumn of 2021, even after the reopening. See the semester page for information about the form of examination in your course. See also more information about examination at the MN Faculty in 2021.

Course content

The course treats selected topics in convexity, optimization and matrix theory. Possible topics include: combinatorial optimization, combinatorial matrix theory, convex analysis, and convex optimization. Usually the version with combinatorial optimization and matrix theory, convexity and polyhedral theory, and also an introduction to polyhedral combinatorics.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will:

  • have knowledge of basic convex analysis and combinatorial optimization;
  • understand the basic theory of polyhedra and polytopes;
  • know basic theory combinatorial matrix theory and network flows;
  • be able to develop algorithms, exact and approximate for some types of combinatorial optimization.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

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

Overlapping courses


2 hours of lectures each week. 

The course may be taught in Norwegian if the lecturer and all students at the first lecture agree to it.

Upon the attendance of three or fewer students, the lecturer may, in conjunction with the Head of Teaching, change the course to self-study with supervision.


Final written exam 4 hours or final oral exam, which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

The form of examination will be announced by the lecturer by 15 October/15 March for the autumn semester and the spring semester respectively.

This course has 1 mandatory assignment that must be 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: MAT9120 – Mathematical Optimization

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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.

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 21, 2021 8:37:06 PM

Facts about this course


Taught according to demand and resources. Contact if you are interested in this course. 

Autumn semester 2020: This course will only be given as a self-study course for master students at the Department of Mathematics.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)