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Admission

How to apply?

Admission is once a year. Application process and deadlines vary for different groups of applicants.

Deadlines

  • 1 December: Applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland.
  • 15 April: Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway. In addition, EU/EEA/Swiss applicants can apply to this extended deadline.

International applicants

Application process for non-EU/EEA applicants

Application process for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants

Nordic applicants

Application process for Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway.

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SøknadsWeb opens for registration 1 February

Available places

20

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 and Ancient history
      • a history methodology course equivalent to at least 10 ECTS credits

Documentation

You have to upload all required documents in SøknadsWeb.

In addition to the required documents, you must upload:

  • Letter of motivation. A personal statement (1-2 pages) explaining your motivation for applying to the Master's programme in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as a short summary of your background. The letter must be written in English.
  • Diploma and transcript. All applicants must submit 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). Irreplaceable foreign documents will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope large enough to hold the documents.
  • 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.

The Letter of Motivation can be used to rank applicants that have an equal grade average.

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 at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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