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



There are no tuition fees for this programme

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

At least one and a half years (90 ECTS-credits) of your bachelor's studies must be in law, a social science (i.e., political science, anthropology or sociology), philosophy, history or a related field as long as the study in question includes courses that are relevant for the study of human rights. A combination of these subjects is also possible.


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

In addition to the required documents above you are required to upload the following:

  • CV (Curriculum vitae)
  • Motivation letter (maximum one page stating why you are applying for this programme).

Optional documentation:

  • Documentation of professional experience. Letters documenting relevant work/trainee experience are important if you want the Admission Committee to consider this experience as part of the assessment basis for your application.

Note! You can be asked to send in or upload further documentation like course descriptions which contain information about the courses you have completed (e.g. a document containing links to relevant websites) at  a later stage in the application process.

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.

Additional ranking:
Relevant professional experience/practice and motivation for the study will also come into consideration when assessing the applicants. The additional ranking is done after the applicants have had their ordinary ranking point total calculated.

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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