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Master Degree

How long you will study
2 Years

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About Special Needs Education at Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Oslo

The international Master's Programme in Special Needs Education is among the most innovative and complete international master's programmes in the area of special needs and inclusive education. Choosing this programme is a step towards a job committed to improve the quality of life of people with special needs and to promote social justice in local communities.

To build more just and democratic societies, it is fundamental to provide equal opportunities to everyone. Education is one of the crucial arenas in which we can overcome social inequalities. Experts in the field of special needs education play an important role in the improvement of the quality of education at every level, in global and local communities.

Students of our programme will be involved in the scientific research carried out at the Department of Special Needs education.

Career opportunities

The programme will provide you with significant knowledge in the various fields of special needs education. We combine the experience of the Norwegian approach to inclusion, with the global knowledge from different cultural contexts. 

As a graduate of this programme, you will have the basic skills to work in an international environment, and the knowledge to operate in the different roles involved in the preparation, management and realization of intervention, consultation, inclusion and research. 

Study environment

It is a full-time programme fully taught in English. The teaching is a combination of plenary and small group sessions with a problem-based learning approach. UiO provides excellent study facilities. Students and staff have the very best technical tools at their disposal and access to excellent facilities.

The Department of Special Needs Education is part of an extended international network, providing students with the opportunity of encountering high-level international scholars and institutions.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The students of the Special Needs Education programme have different backgrounds with bachelor degrees in different fields, including psychology, education, habilitation/rehabilitation and social science. 

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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.

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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