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


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

  • The minimum requirement for admission to DECC is at least a good second class honours degree (or equivalent) within social sciences, the humanities, or natural sciences. A degree in business studies does not qualify.
  • Students with a natural science background should have at least half a year's studies (30 ECTS) within the humanities or social sciences to prepare them for the interdisciplinary challenges this programme offers.


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

  • Motivation letter. All applicants must upload a motivational letter of 1-2 pages where you elaborate on your interest in or background from development and environmental issues, either from work or studies. The motivational letter should include:
  • a short description about you and your background
  • relevance for the master's programme Development, Environment and Cultural Change
  • why you are applying for the study programme
  • Students with a natural science background, must submit detailed information ((e.g. reading lists, course descriptions a document containing links to relevant websites etc.) about the courses that cover the requirement for at least half a year's studies (30 ECTS) within the humanities or social sciences


Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked according to their grade average in the specialization of their degree. Applicants who cannot be ranked according to their grade average, will be ranked on the basis of an individual assessment.

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

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

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 prior education.

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