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Cosmology 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, F7007R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space and Atmospeheric Science
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology

Entry requirements

Basic courses in analysis in one and several dimensions, linear algebra, vector analysis, mechanics (corresponding to F0006T), modern physics (corresponding to F0005T), electromagnetic theory (corresponding to F0007T), and flow mechanics (part of F0030T). Knowledge in general relativity is recommended. Basic knowledge in astronomy is useful. Likewise knowledge in atomic and nuclear physics are useful.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The student shall acquire understanding of and knowledge of the large scale structure of the universe and its history. This is shown by the ability for explanation of concepts and physical conditions as well as course of events within the subject.

The student shall have the ability to perform theoretical calculations of cosmological properties and parameters founded on cosmological models, and have the ability to orally and/or in writing communicate analysis and calculations.

The student shall be aware that cosmology has a special place in the physical disciplines in that not all usual criteria for science can be fulfilled. This is shown by the ability to evaluate the consequences of this relationship.


The cosmological principle, Friedman models, The Big Bang model, the thermal history of the universe, problem with Hot Big Bang model, inflation, formation of structures, dark matter. Observations such as cosmic background radiation, galaxy formation, redshift and gravitational lenses.


Lectures. Depending of the number of students can the course be realized in seminar form or as a self study course.


The examination consists of three parts:  oral examination (40%), hand-in exercises (40%), and written report (20%). Each of these moments is graded with Approved (G) or Not Approved (U). All three moments are scored and the final grade of the course are given the marks (5, 4, 3, U) based on a weighted appraisal of the results of the examination parts. In order to pass the course it is required that all three moments are approved.

Advanced level.

Johnny Ejemalm

Transition terms
The course F7007R is equal to RYM029

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Ryden, Barbara. Introduction to Cosmology, 2 ed., Cambridge University Press 2017. ISBN 978-1-107-15483-4.

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

0002Oral examination3.0U G#
0003Hand-in tasks3.0U G#
0004Written report1.5U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The course plan was accepted by the Dept of Space Science 2007-02-28 and remains valid as from H07.

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2017