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 education from outside Norway, please refer to the country list to check if you fulfill the Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Applicants with education from Norway, please see if you meet the requirements for "generell studiekompetanse" here: GSK
  • a specialization defined by the programme: Either 80 ECTS in Law or 80 ECTS in Maritime Studies.
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of C (in Norwegian scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below: a) An internationally English language proficiency test or b) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) in Norwegian upper secondary school with a minimum grade of 4 (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or alternatively passed examination in English from second and/or third school year.

Required specialization

At least 80 ECTS-credits of your bachelor's courses must be either law or maritime studies.

More on Maritime Studies

Maritime Studies is a broad concept.

The titles of BA degrees that can be eligible to apply to this LLM programme vary from country to country. Examples of title of BA degrees that can be eligible for applying are; BA in Maritime Business, BA in Ship and Port management,  Maritime Business and Management, FdSc Navigation and Maritime Science, BA in Nautical studies.

Examples of courses that can make up the required 80 study credits in maritime studies are: Shipping law, maritime transport, maritime trade, maritime business, maritime economics, navigation, marine insurance, shipping management, transport operations, maritime logistics, port management.

Some BA degrees consist of courses that are more technically than legally oriented and will therefore usually not give admission to the LLM degree in Maritime Law.


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

In addition to the general required documents listed in the link above you are required to upload the following:

  • CV
  • Motivation letter (maximum one page stating why you are applying for the LLM in Maritime Law.)

Other 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

These factors will in addition to the grade average come into consideration when the applications are assessed:

  • Relevant professional experience/practice
  • Relevant higher education
  • Motivation for the study

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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