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This study programme starts in August.

Application deadlines

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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 Norwegian 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) 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, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Required specialization

  • Your specialization on BA level decides whether you are qualified for the history track or the political science track. Admission requires a specialization in political science OR history equivalent to 80 ECTS credits (approximately one and a half year of study).
  • Requirements for the political science track:

    • A specialization in political science equivalent to 80 ECTS credits, containing:
      • courses in International politics/relations and Comparative politics (preferably)
      • a Research methods and Statistics course equivalent to at least 10 ECTS credits. The course must cover Regression analysis, Operationalization, Research design and SPSS (or another programme for handling large data sets).
  • Requirements for the history track:

    • A specialization in history equivalent to 80 ECTS credits, containing:
      • Courses in contemporary/Modern history
      • a history methodology course equivalent to at least 10 ECTS credits


You have to upload all required documents in UiO online application system.

In addition to the required documents, you must upload:

  • Diploma and transcript. All applicants must upload their Diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. This documentation must be in English or in a Scandinavian Language (or translated into English/Scandinavian by a certified translator).
  • Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university. Preferably translated into ECTS-credits.
  • Syllabus and course descriptions. In addition, all applicants must submit detailed information about the courses that are part of the required specialization in political science or history (e.g. reading lists, course descriptions, lecture schedules, a document containing links to relevant websites etc.)

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked according to their grade average in the specialization of their degree. 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

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