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

Available places



No tuition fees.

Admission requirements

Admission to this master's degree programme / study option 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/study option
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • Norwegian and English language requirement OR special enhanced requirement in English specified 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

The required specialization consists of 80 ECTS credits where the following are included:

  • 30 ECTS credits in total wihin mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum physics and thermodynamics
  • 30 ECTS credits from the following groups, where at least one topic from each group must be included:
    • Observations / optics / instrumentation / data analysis
    • Special / general theory of relativity / cosmology
    • Gas dynamics / radiation transport / stellar evolution / particle physics / advanced quantum physics
  • 20 ECTS credits in physics, mathematics, astronomy, astrophysics, statistics or informatics, that are not basic courses.

Numerical calculations must be included in the required specialization, as a separate course or as part of other courses.

Former knowledge in astronomy/astrophysics is not a requirement, but is considered an advantage.

The following courses from the University of Oslo will cover the required specialization:

Transition period

If you fulfilled all admission requirements for the Master's Programme in Astronomi, according to the requirements as they  were in autumn 2016, you will qualify for this programme option until the end of 2021.


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

If you have completed studies/courses outside the University of Oslo, you must also upload course descriptions. The course names and codes on the course descriptions must match the transcript of records.

Export control

This programme is covered by the regulations on export control. Export controls are applied to countries where there is suspicion about development and use of weapons of mass destruction. UiO will therefore conduct a specific evaluation of these applicants.

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked according to their grade average in the required specialization. If an applicant has more than 80 ECTS credits in the required specialization, the 80 ECTS credits with the highest grades will form the grade average.

You normally cannot be admitted to a Master's degree programme or Programme option within the same subject area as a previously completed Master's degree at the University of Oslo.