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

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:

You must fulfill at least one of the two required specializations:

1: A specialization equivalent to 80 ECTS in English, with a grade average of C.

Examples of such majors offered by The University of Oslo include:

  • Nord-Amerika-studier (80NORAM)
  • Nord-Amerika-studier (90NORAM)
  • Nord-Amerika-studier (80OMR-NORAM)
  • Engelsk (80ENG)
  • Engelskspråklig litteratur (80ENGL)
  • Engelsk litteratur 2 (80ENGL2)
  • Engelskspråklig litteratur for estetikkprogrammet (80ENGL3)
  • English, intermediate subject (mellomfag), with a grade of minimum 2,7 (90 ECTS)

2: A specialization equivalent to 80 ECTS in one of the following disciplines, with a grade average of C:

History, philosophy, history of ideas, sociology, human geography, anthropology, interdisciplinary gender studies, media science, political science, or comparative literature.

  • In addition, you must have 40 ECTS in English (this includes NORAM courses), and at least 10 ECTS of the 40 ECTS in English must be in English Language.


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

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked

  • either according to the grade average in their major in English
  • or according to their grade average on the basis of 80 credits as follows:
  • 40 ECTS English courses
  • the best grades in the major, amounting to 40 ECTS

Applicants who can not be ranked according to their grade average, will be ranked on the basis of an individual assessment.

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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