Admission

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

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

Applicants to the master's degree programme in psychology must have a minimum of 80 credit points (ECTS) in psychology in their bachelor degree, consisting of:

  • 20 ECTS Methodology (research methods and statistics):
    Knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative psychological method from university/higher educational level. It is a prerequisite for successful studies of our master programme that you have a good knowledge of and experience with the use of methods since this is a prerequisite for success in the writing of the master thesis.
  • A total of minimum 30 ECTS within 3 of the 4 areas listed below. Each area must have a minimum of 5 ECTS to be considered:
    • Social Psychology
    • Personality Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Cognitive Psychology
  • Specialization course in cognitive psychology/neuroscience of minimum 10 ECTS, at a higher level. Courses taken during the 1st year of the bachelor's degree are not included.

Documentation

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

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.

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 be aware that you must be offered a place in the program before  you apply for credits.

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