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Master Degree

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2 Years

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About Education at Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo

Are you curious about how children and youth experience and shape social change? Or do you want to learn more about higher education policy and student learning? Our international Master’s programme offers you a unique opportunity to acquire advanced academic skills, competences and knowledge in two areas of specialisation:

  • Education and Social Change: Childhood and Youth studies (ESCY):

    The specialisation offers international studies of children and youth with reference to the ‘Nordic Education Model’. It treats childhood and youth, the two formative phases in life, as a continuum. We will address topics and issues such as

    • The implications of growing up in a digital culture
    • The making of new social inequalities concerning children and youth
    • The impacts of migration on children and youth
    • Long-term and sustainable policy concerning children and youth
  • Higher Education studies (HES):

    This international programme focuses on higher education as the main institutionalised domain in any society where the two primary knowledge processes of education and research come together. The programme covers:

    • international and supranational dimensions
    • national and regional levels
    • universities and colleges as organisations from the central leadership to the study programme/curriculum level
    • teaching and student learning

The University of Oslo hosts one of Europe’s leading Faculties of Educational Sciences, and is the only university in the world that offers an international, research-oriented master’s programme that combines these two specialisation areas. The programme provides a highly interactive and supportive learning environment, where the academic staff and students work closely together in various learning environments.

Study environment

UiO offers a wide range of student societies, which all UiO students may join. You can also contribute to the study environment by joining Kjellerutvalget – the organisation responsible for the Faculty's student pub.

Further studies and career opportunities

The career options for the programme’s graduates are plentiful, both within and outside education sectors, national as well as international. These include careers in academia, in the private sector, such as consultancy firms, as well as in the public sector, including national ministries and international organisations.

As a graduate, you are eligible to apply to PhD programmes in Norway and elsewhere.

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  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
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Notes about fees for this course

The University of Oslo is a publicly funded university and charges no application or tuition fees. This also applies to international students, no matter which country you come from.

Some international applicants (citizens outside the EU/EEA/EFTA), however, must document their financial ability in order to be granted a residence permit to study in Norway.

Entry requirements

Application deadlines

Applicants residing in Norway and Nordic citizens:

  • The application portal opens 1 February
  • The application deadline is 15 April 

Applicants from EU/EEA and Swiss citizens:

  • The application portal opens 1 February
  • The application deadline is 1 March

Applicants from outside EU/EEA and Switzerland:

  • The application portal opens 15 October
  • The application deadline is 15 November

The study programme starts in August every year.

You apply for admission directly to the preferred programme option:

Answer three questions in our admission guide to get:

  • your application deadline
  • admission requirements
  • which documents to submit
  • access to the application portal Søknadsweb

What students think about Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo

    Wanted to become an expert in higher education

    Enzo N. Rossi completed his Master's degree in Higher Education in 2015. Today he works as an external consultant for the University of Oslo's Department of Informatics in their project DHIS2 (District Health Information Software). 

    - In my current job, the degree from UiO is going to be especially useful moving forward. The company I work for are expanding into the area of education, and my specific knowledge of that sector is definitely going to be beneficial. 

    After moving to Norway and completing his degree, Enzo has a lot of good memories from his years at UiO. 

    - My classmates were total stars! I learned a lot from them and their varied backgrounds. I feel like I made many friends through getting involved with student life and events, so I definitely recommend doing that, Enzo tells us.


    For people with an analytical mindset that are looking for a new challenge

    Oscar Skovdahl Jørstad completed his Master's degree in Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in 2020, he now works at The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training. 

    This program suits people who have an analytical mindset and are looking for a challenge. You can be part of a field that is not quite mainstream yet and still growing. You will acquire skills that are sought after by a growing number of workplaces.

    I feel really lucky to get such a relevant job. I am now working with what I studied in the program.

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