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 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.

Specialization requirements

When you apply in the UiO's application portal you apply for either the political science track or the history track based on your specialization on Bachelor's level.

Your specialization on Bachelor's 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).

Specialization requirements for the political science track

A specialization on Bachelor's level in political science equivalent to 80 ECTS credits, containing:

  • courses in international politics/relations and comparative politics
  • 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).

Specialization requirements for the history track (this track will not be admitting new students starting autumn 2019)

A specialization on Bachelor's level 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's online application portal.

In addition to the required documents, you must upload

  • Syllabus and course descriptions. All applicants must submit detailed information about the courses that are part of the required specialization (e.g. reading lists, course descriptions, a document containing links to relevant websites etc.)

  • If the language of the original document is not English or a Scandinavian language, you must upload a translation (preferably made by an authorized translator). Please note that the original language version must always accompany the translation.

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.

Grade requirement in 2016

In 2016 the grade requirement for admission to the programme was a strong B. The programme received approximately 500 applications.

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.

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