autumn 2022
FYS-2020 Radiation physics - 10 ECTS

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 and examination

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

Information to incoming exchange students

There are no academic prerequisites to add this module in your Learning Agreement.

Do you have questions about this module?  Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:

Recommended reading/syllabus

Pensumliste for FYS-2020 Radiation physics


Examination: Date: Weighting: Duration: Grade scale:
Off campus exam 01.11.2022 14:00 (Hand in) 4/10 A–E, fail F
School exam 24.11.2022 09:00
6/10 4 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Participation in the laboratory course Approved – not approved
Lab-reports Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

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

Re-sit examination

There is no access to re-sit examination in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-2020
  • Tidligere år og semester for dette emnet