Introduction to Nuclear Physics and Its Applications

5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1FA318

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Physics G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 4 March 2021
Responsible department
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

General entry requirements and Physics 2, Chemistry 1, Mathematics 4/Mathematics E

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.