Admission

Key facts for this certificate

  • Application portal opens: 15 September
  • Application deadline: 15 October
  • Start of studies: January

Available places

25

Admission requirements

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 fulfill 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:
    1. 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
    2. 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

Documentation

You must submit all documents before the application deadline.

Motivational letter

You must upload a motivational letter of 1-2 pages where you elaborate on your interest in environmental and climatic studies. The motivational letter should address the following questions:

  • What motivates you to study this honours certificate?
  • How can your discipline contribute to finding environmental solutions?
  • What should a “green university” look like?

    Ranking of applicants

    Qualified applicants are ranked with the help of an individual evaluation.

    In this evaluation both a grade point average and letter of motivation are taken into consideration.

    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, 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.

     

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