Radiogenic Isotopes (RgIsotop)

Course content

Radiogenic isotopes, geochronology, isotope tracers, planetary reservoirs, meteorites, earth, igneous and metamorphic processes, solid earth geochemistry


MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The course will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge about radiogenic isotopes and their practical use in terrestrial and planetary geology, including early solar system evolution.

Skills: Acquisition and Manipulation of radiogenic isotope data including the calculation of ages and their use as tracers of geological processes and reservoirs.
Competences: Recognize the potential use of radiogenic isotopes to address questions in earth and planetary geology. Design scientific projects that use radiogenic isotopes as a primary tool. Read and critically assess scienfic papers that include radiogenic isotope data.

Two weekly three-hour lecture/​tutorial/​discussions with additional practical sessions as necessary. Formal lectures will be combined with practical exercises that will be worked on during tutorial segments in the regular meeting times and in practical sessions. Tutorials will also include discussion of assigned papers from peer-reviewed literature. Throughout the course, students will work on a literature review paper on a topic of their choice that will result in a paper submitted at the end of the course.

Knowledge of basic concepts of geology is recommended.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Oral examination, 30 minutes
Oral examination worth 50% of the total grade. Weekly assignments worth 50% of the total grade.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal censor
Criteria for exam assessment

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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 48
  • Preparation
  • 134
  • Practical exercises
  • 24
  • English
  • 206