Postgraduate Study in Norway

Postgraduate study in Norway

Universities in Norway

The Norwegian system has undergone reform to reduce the number of universities through mergers and this process is not yet complete. Under recent changes, 14 universities and university colleges were merged into five new universities and university colleges. The largest of the new institutions is the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, which  will offer around 60 Master's programmes in English in total in the 2016/17 academic year.

Here we list the key changes in the Norwegian Higher Education system from 1st January 2016:

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) merged with the University College of Alesund, University College of Gjovik and University College or Sor-Trondelag.
  • University College of Southeast Norway was establised as a result of Buskerud and Vestfold University College merging with Telemark University College.
  • University of Nordland, Nor-Trondelag University College and Nesna University College merged and became Nord University.
  • VID Specialised University was established when Diakonhjemmet University College, Haraldsplass Deaconess University College, Betanien University College and School of Mission and Theology merged.

Together these four new institutions will provide nearly 50% of English-taught Master's programmes in Norway in 2016/17.

The Norwegian Higher Education system is aligned to the Bologna process meaning that a Bachelor's degree at a university will last three years and a Master’s degree usually takes two years to complete. Grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade. A pass/fail mark is given for some examinations.

The academic year runs from August to June.

In 2016/17 there will be over 170 Masters programmes taught in English at Norwegian universities. Engineering and environmeal studies are the most popular subjects. You can search for all English-taught Master’s courses in Norway using the search function on our website.

Accreditation and recognition in Norway

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) supervises and helps to develop the quality of higher education in Norway through evaluation, accreditation and recognition of quality systems, institutions and course provisions. NOKUT is the official Norwegian ENIC-NARIC center.

NOKUT accredits all degrees offered at Norwegian universities and while the universities have a certain amount of autonomy, Master’s and PhD qualifications in particular will be closely monitored by NOKUT.


Universities in Norway