Admission requirements

Admission to this master's degree programme / study option 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/study option
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • Norwegian and English language requirement OR special enhanced requirement in English specified 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 are qualified for admission to this Master’s programme if you hold a Bachelor’s degree/Cand. Mag. degree or the equivalent in sciences (see details below), and have completed and passed examinations in the following courses (or the equivalent) with a grade point average of C or above:


FYS1120 Electromagnetism

• KJM1110 / KJM1111 Organic Chemistry 1 or KJM1121 (only Norwegian web Page available) / KJM1120 Inorganic Chemistry

• In addition must a minimum of 30 ECTS be in physics (FYS-courses), chemistry (KJM-courses) and material science (MENA-courses). Minimum 10 of these 30 must be in chemistry (KJM-courses) or material science (MENA-courses), and at least 10 credits must be in physics (FYS-courses) or material science (MENA-courses).

• Minimum 20 ECTS credits must be in mathematics (MAT-, MAT-IN -, MAT-INF- and INF-MAT-courses).

• The last 10 ECTS credits can be from the above or from other scientific areas that are relevant to the Master’s programme (For external applicants this can be 10 unspecified ECTS credits in sciences).

Only 10 of the 80 ECTS credits can be on introductory level (i.e. courses that are based on upper secondary school curriculum). At least 20 of the 80 ECTS credits must be on 2000- or 3000-level.

For applicants with an academic background from abroad or from another Norwegian university, admission may be granted after an individual evaluation of their background. The scientific basis for calculation of the grade will be the 80 most relevant credits from their academic background. The applicant may be asked to complete her/his background by taking additional, relevant courses as a requirement for admission.


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

If you have completed studies/courses outside the University of Oslo, you must also upload course descriptions. The course names and codes on the course descriptions must match the transcript of records.

Export control

This programme is covered by the regulations on export control. Export controls are applied to countries where there is suspicion about development and use of weapons of mass destruction. UiO will therefore conduct a specific evaluation of these applicants.

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.

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