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 of at least 80 ECTS credits within humanities or social science.
  • A minimum of 30 ECTS credits in modern history courses, either as a part of the specialization or in addition to it.

All students with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Oslo meet the required specialization.


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

Letter of motivation: We ask all applicants to the programme to add a Letter of motivation/Statement of purpose where you elaborate on your interest in modern international and transnational history, either from work or studies.

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.

The grade point average and counting of grade points are made on the basis of 80 credits as follows:

  • 30 ECTS credits in modern history courses
  • The best grades from the specialization within humanities or social science amounting to 50 ECTS credits (80 ECTS credits if the modern history courses are a part of the specialization).

For students with a specialization in history or students with a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Oslo, the grade point average will be taken from the specialization equal to 80 ECTS credits (International Studies equal to 90 ECTS credits).

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.

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