Key facts for this certificate
- Application portal opens: 15 September
- Application deadline: 15 October
- Start of studies: January
Admission to the Honours Certificate in Environmental Humanities and Sciences requires:
- Current admission to a master's programme, 5 year integrated master's programme or programme of professional study at the University of Oslo
You must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C in the required specialization. A Norwegian C is described as a good grade, generally comparable to an American B and a Second Class Upper in the British system. We do not use conversion tables for foreign grades. All foreign education is individually evaluated during the admission process.
Please note that eligible applicants who fulfil the minimum grade requirement will compete for a study place. Please see the section on ranking for more information on selection criteria.
- A language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
- 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
- An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.
Time of application
The Honours Certificate runs parallel with your main master’s programme, and thus we only accept applications from students in the following semesters:
Students admitted to a master’s programme (1 1/2 years):
Students can apply in their 1st semester
Students admitted to a master’s programme (2 years):
For master’s programmes starting in the autumn semester: students can apply in their 1st semester
For master’s programmes starting in the spring semester: students can apply in their 2nd semester
Students admitted to an integrated master’s programme (5 years) or programmes of professional studies (5-6 years):
For programmes starting in the autumn semester: students can apply in their 7th semester
- For programmes starting in the spring semester: students can apply in their 8th semester
All documentation be submitted within the application deadline.
You must upload a 1-2 page motivational letter where you discuss your interest in environmental and climatic studies. The motivational letter should address the following questions:
What is your motivation to study for this honours certificate?
How can your discipline contribute to finding solutions to environmental challenges?
What do you believe a “green university” should look like?
Ranking of applicants
Qualified applicants are ranked by individual evaluations.
In these evaluations both a grade point average and a letter of motivation are taken into consideration.
The grade point average is determined by at least 80 ECTS credits within the specialization required for admission to your main master's programme. For students in integrated master's programmes and programmes of professional studies, the grade point average will be determined by at least 80 ECTS credits with best results in courses from the first three years of study considered most relevant to the Honours Certificate.
Emphasis is placed on academic/professional motivation.
Based on their ranking, qualified applicants will compete for a study place within their relevant/respective quota (see below).
Admission to the Honours Certificate is organised through two quotas, with each quota having 13 study places. One quota is reserved for students enrolled in a master’s programme at the Faculty of Humanities, while the other is reserved for students enrolled in a master’s programme at any other faculty within UiO. The purpose of these quotas is to secure a diverse and interdisciplinary student group, which is essential to the learning outcome of the Honours Certificate.