GB8106 - Genesis of Ore-Deposits


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral exam
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 100/100 1 hours

Course content

The course is dedicated to specialized studies of selected ore deposits (minerals and metals) amongst our current research projects, The student will study important ore-forming processes that form strategic ore deposits with metals and minerals that are imperative for safe and comfortable societies including raw materials for the Green Shift, communication and transport. Important ore-forming processes such as the magmatic-hydrothermal transition, flux-rich silicate melts, and magma emplacement dynamics are central concepts in the course.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The student learns how to acquire in-depth information on a specific ore-deposit type and will learn the critical reading of scholarly articles and books describing the ore-deposit type. The student will gain insight into prospecting techniques, formation, and appearance of selected economic mineral deposits.

Skills and general competence:

The student will obtain insight in:

  • Strategies for developing and implementing an ore-geological project.
  • How and where to gather basic geological information and, together with fellow students, how to write a sober report that communicates the required information for investors, clients, and other decision-makers that eventually may sponsor the project.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures/colloquia (by the students), self-studies, and discussions about once a week where the topic will be the field area and the relevant ore-deposit types. Lectures are held in English if required. Mandatory fieldwork for a 7-10 days duration in a relevant area is an imperative part of the course. Currently, we are studying Sn-Cu-W deposits in Cornwall, UK, and granitic pegmatite deposits in S-Norway. Compulsory fieldwork includes a weekend. The course is evaluated by a reference group.

Compulsory assignments

  • Work
  • Field course report

Further on evaluation

The students are required to write a field report comprising 5000 words (group work). Additionally, the student is required to write an individual 2000 word summary in English on the state of the art based on the articles and books discussed during the course. The final individual oral exam counts 100% of the final grade and is based on questioning in the curriculum, the field report, and the summary report.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

TGB4126 Mineralogy, Basic Course or TGB4125 Mineralogy, or comparable course. The course requires admission to the PhD programme Engineering, or approval from the person with course responsibility.

Course materials

Given at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geology of Mineral Deposits
  • Resource Geology
  • Geology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Oral exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral exam 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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