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General Relativity and Cosmology

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

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

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 cosmological problems.


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.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

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


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Oral exam1/11 hourA - FNone permitted

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Germano Nardini
Course teacher
Alex Bentley Nielsen
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours lectures and problem solving per week.

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Course assessment

Use evaluation forms and/or conversation for students' evaluation of the course and teaching, according to current guidelines


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 08.08.2020