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

In addition to the requirements listed above, you need to meet the following academic admission requirement:

  • A major or specialization constituting at least 80 ECTS credits in Human Geography or Urban and Regional Studies.
    • Up to 20 of these 80 ECTS credits may be replaced by a bachelor's thesis in development studies, constituting at least 20 ECTS credits.

For students who have completed their bachelor's degree at the University of Oslo, the following forms the basis for admission:

  • 90-group in Human Geography OR
  • A completed bachelor's programme in Development Studies (UTV) with a specialization in Human Geography.
    • For applicants who have completed the interdisciplinary Bachelor's programme in Development Studies, the basis for admission is: SGO1001, SGO1900, SOSGEO2301, SGO2400, SGO2500, SGO3300 and UTV3091 (bachelor's thesis). If you were admitted to the programme before 2012, previous versions of these courses will form the basis for admission.


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

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.

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.

Please note that you must be admitted to the programme before you can apply for specific recognition.

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