Physics of Radiation

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


Introduction into nuclear physics, ionizing radiation and its applications


Introduction into nuclear physics, radioactivty, properties of ionizing radiation, interaction of radiation with matter, dosimetry, biological effects, medical and technical applications, radiation environment, radiation detection

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The students should be able to understand

  • basic concepts in nuclear physics
  • properties of ionizing radiation
  • their applications
  • methods of radiation detection


The students should

  • have the capability of doing back-of-the-envelope calculations in a diversity of situations

General competence

  • critical thinking
  • be able to uncover "alternative facts" in public discussions

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Basic courses in mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
It is mandatory to attend first lecture
Forms of Assessment
Oral exam.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.