General Relativity and Cosmology (FYS600)

The course gives an introduction to the General Theory of Relativity and its cosmological consequences.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by January 20th for the spring semester.

The equivalence principle, metric, space time curvature, tensor analysis, Einsteins field equations, the Schwarzschild solution, tests of general relativity, relativistic stars, gravitational collapse, black holes, gravitational waves, homogenous and isotropic universe models, the early universe.

Learning outcome

The students shall master the physical principles and the mathematical formalism of the General Theory of Relativity, and know its most important physical consequences. They shall have knowledge of basic cosmological consequences and central cosmological models. They shall be able to comprehend the scientific literature of the field and use the theory to independently analyze simple problems.

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Recommended prerequisites

FYS110 Astronomy, FYS300 Electromagnetism and Special Relativity, FYS500 Analytical Mechanics and Field Theory, MAT500 Mathematical Modelling


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral exam 1/1 1 Hours Letter grades None permitted

Oral exam is individual

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Alex Bentley Nielsen

Casual teacher:

Jahed Abedi

Head of Department:

Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours lectures and problem solving per week.

Open for

Mathematics and Physics - Master of Science Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics - Five Year Integrated Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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