autumn 2021
FYS-2020 Radiation physics - 10 ECTS

Last changed 03.12.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course. The course is also available to exchange students and Fulbright students.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Generell studiekompetanse eller realkompetanse + SIVING.

Local admission, application code 9391 - enkeltemner i ingeniørfag.

Recommended prerequisites: FYS-1002 Electromagnetism, MAT-1001 Calculus 1

Course content

The course is an introduction to radiation physics, including basic atomic and nuclear models, interaction of photons and charged particles with matter, radiation dosimetry, biological effects of radiation and radiation protection. The practical part of the course will emphasize medical use of radiation.

Recommended prerequisites

FYS-1002 Electromagnetism, MAT-1001 Calculus 1

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student can

  • Describe the atomic nuclei and its properties.
  • Describe interaction of photon and charged particles with matter.
  • Understand radiation interaction processes applied to a macroscopic scale.
  • Understand the fundamental theory for dosimetric measurements.
  • Describe principles for detection and characterization of radiation.
  • Describe basic biological effects of radiation on cellular and macroscopic scale.
  • Define basic radiation protection measures.

Skills - The student can

  • Calculate probabilities and energy transfer for interactions involving photons and charged particles.
  • Use appropriate units of measurement for the attenuation and energy deposition of radiation.
  • Perform detection and measurements of radiation.
  • Apply theoretical understanding to assess biological effects of radiation.
  • Take precautions to ensure safe working conditions in environments where ionizing radiation or radiating sources are used.

General competence - The student can

  • Explain the negative and positive potential of radiation in health and healthcare.
  • Describe various applications of radiation from a theoretical viewpoint.
  • Understand fundamental principles required for continued work and studies with radiation in medical physics.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 40 hours

Exercises: 10 hours

Laboratory exercises: 20 hours


Coursework requirements:

  • The course requires participation in the laboratory course, which includes a mandatory safety component.
  • Up to 5 mandatory lab-reports

Access to the final examination requires completing/submitting and passing the coursework.


  • One home-examination, counting 40%
  • A 4 hours written examination, counting 60%

Assessment scale: Letter grades A-F. A is the highest grade and F is failed.

There is no access to re-sit examination in this course.

For further information, see chapter 5 in Regulations for studies and examinations at the UiT The arctic university of Norway.


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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-2020