This study programme starts in August.

When to apply 

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 February until 1 March  
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 1 February until 15 April 
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants: from 1 October until 1 December ​

How to apply

Admission requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Required specialization

BA in educational Sciences (pedagogics) or social science disciplines, such as political science, development studies, anthropology. Other academic backgrounds in the humanities, such as international Law, will also be considered. BA in literature and/or English will not be considered.


You have to upload all required documents in UiO's online application portal.

In addition:

  • submit a one page letter of motivation explaining your interest in the programme and reasons for applying. The Admissions Committee may give additional points for motivation letters.

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked by the following criteria: Grade point average, relevant coursework/bachelor degree and letter of motivation. Relevant work and other experience is taken into consideration.

Admission to this programme is usually highly competitive. Please note that even if you fulfil the minimum grade requirement, this does not guarantee you a study place in the programme.

Recognition of prior education

If you have previous higher education, you may apply for specific recognition of this education as part of your degree. Education from both Norwegian and non-Norwegian higher education institutions may be recognised. Recognition depends upon whether the education meets the specific requirements of your degree. Read more about recognition of education.

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