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 academic requirements for admission to the Master's programme in Chemistry are at least 60 ECTS credits chemistry, 30 ECTS credits chemistry related courses, 10 ECTS credits mathematics and 5 ECTS credits physics. Please contact the study coordinator at the Department of Chemistry if you have questions regarding academic requirements.

Grade point average

The grade point average (GPA) is derived from the nine courses KJM1100, KJM1110, KJM1120, KJM1130, MBV-KJM1030, KJM2400, KJM2600, MAT1001/MAT1100 and FYS1000/FYS-MEK1110 (at least 90 ECTS credits), or equivalent courses from UiO or other institutions in Norway and abroad.


Applicants with an education from UiO

If you started studying at The University of Oslo Autumn 2003 or later, you qualify for admission to the Master’s study in chemistry, providing you hold one of the following:

• A Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (Bachelor’s)
• A Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (Bachelor’s) - Biochemistry (programme option)
• A Bachelor’s degree in Materials, Energy and Nanotechnology (Bachelor’s) containing KJM1130 and further 20 ECTS credits chemistry (not KJM1001).

Applicants with a different background are considered individually.

For students following the bachelor program in chemistry, the scientific foundation in chemistry consists of KJM1100, KJM1110, KJM1120, KJM1130, MBV-KJM1030, KJM2400, KJM2600, and 20 ECTS credits in advanced bachelor courses in chemistry. Advanced bachelor courses in chemistry are courses with a KJM/MENA/KJM-MENA3xxx-code. At a minimum MAT1001 and FYS1000 must have been completed and passed.

Applicants with a degree from Oslo Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (OAUC – formerly Oslo University College – OUC)

You must take at least 5 ECTS credits in physics to qualify for admission if you hold a Bachelor i ingeniørfag - bioteknologi og kjemi from OAUC/OUC. The courses that can be taken at UiO are either FYS1000 - Physics- the foundation of natural sciences and medicine or FYS-MEK1110 - Mechanics .

Applicants from OAUC/OUC must apply for academic evaluation. Please see information on evaluation of external education from Norway and abroad.


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

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.