Syllabus for Introduction to Nuclear Physics and Its Applications

Introduktion till kärnfysik och dess tillämpningar


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA318
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2017-03-09
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-03-04
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 4/Mathematics E
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • use basic concepts of nuclear physics,
  • describe different nuclear physics applications in science and technology,
  • perform basic nuclear physics calculations and measurements and interpret the results.


Basic nuclear physics: Nuclides, isotopes, nuclear chart, nuclear mass, binding energy and stability, radioactive decays, nuclear reactions.

Measurement of nuclear reaction products: charged particles, neutrons, gamma radiation.

Radiation physics: Ionising radiation, dose concepts, radiation environment.

Nuclear energy: Fission, fuel cycle and waste management, reactor power control, fusion. Medical applications: different methods for radiation therapy and diagnostics in nuclear medicine, dosimetry.

Other applications: radiometric dating, methods for material analysis.


Introductory lecture, self-studies and hand-in exercises, project work, laboratory exercises, study visits at the PET-centre and Skandion Clinic or similar. Subject-integrated communications training, including feedback and self-evaluation, are included in the course.


Hand-in exercises and a written report on the project work (2 credits). Laboratory work (1 credits). Oral exam at the end of the course

(2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Bryan, Jeff C. Introduction to nuclear science

    Second edition.: Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press/ Taylor & Francis Group, [2013]

    Find in the library