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.

Required specialization

  • a specialization/major of at least 80 ECTS. The specialization must be in philosophy, ancient Greek, history of ideas, theology, political science, or the like
  • at least 40 ECTS in philosophy (of which at least 20 ECTS must be at advanced bachelor level/upper-level) taken either as part of or in addition to the specialization/major


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

Letter of motivation: In addition to the required documents above, we ask you to upload a letter of motivation (maximum two pages) explaining your motivation for applying for this study option.

You can be asked to send in or upload further documentation like course descriptions that contain information about 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.

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.

In addition to the grade average, your motivation for the study option will be taken into account. The final ranking may therefore differ from the ranking according to the applicants' 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.