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Course content

The course gives an introduction to geometry and topology, with emphasis on classical geometries, topological classification of surfaces, and differential geometry for Riemannian surfaces.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you:

  • can describe axioms for planar geometry, and models realizing these in the hyperbolic, Euclidean and elliptic cases;
  • can work with Möbius-transforms, as well as distances, angles and areas in hyperbolic geometry;
  • know about topological, combinatorial and differentiable surfaces, and can classify combinatorial surfaces up to homeomorphism;
  • can describe Riemannian metrics and curvature, by means of the first and second fundamental forms, as well as the Theorema Egregium;
  • know about geodesic curves on Riemannian surfaces, and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem.


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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 MAT3510 – Geometric structures (discontinued)

*The information about overlaps for discontinued courses may not be complete. If you have questions, please contact the Department. 


4 hours of lectures/exercises per week.


1 mandatory assignment.

Final written examination.

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.

Explanations and appeals

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.

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


Every autumn

Teaching language


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