Faculty of Social Sciences

Admission of master's degree applicants residing in Norway

The Faculty of Social Sciences offers a number of master's degree programmes both in English and Norwegian. International applicants residing in Norway must apply for admission to master's degree programmes electronically at the faculty.

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate/bachelor's degree

Applicants must normally have obtained an undergraduate/bachelor's degree of 4 years' duration, or have an equivalent educational background.

Relevant academic background

The degree must include courses equalling at least 1 - 1 1/2 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for.

Average grade of C

To qualify for admission, the applicant must have an average grade of C or higher in the major of their Bachelor degree. Information on the Norwegian grading scale.


English Language Requirements

Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission to Master's degree programmes at the University of Bergen. You will find more information about these requirements here.

Additional requirements

Some master programmes may have additional admission requirements. Please refer to the website of each programme for more information.

How do I apply

You need a valid residence permit in Norway and a permanent Norwegian ID number.

Application deadlines

  • 1 November: Norwegian master's programmes starting in the spring semester
  • 15 April: English master's programmes and all Norwegian master's programmes starting in the autumn semester.

How do you apply?

You apply electronically at SøknadsWeb using your Norwegian ID number. The website SøknadsWeb opens one month before application deadline.


When you have applied to a master’s programme, you will need to upload all your documentation electronically. Please note that we only ask for documentation of your academic background. All documents must be scanned and uploaded in PDF-format. Give each file a name consisting of your name and the content of the file, e.g. John_Doe_bachelordiploma.pdf.

If your bachelor diploma is issued from a Norwegian university or college and you have already completed your degree, please include a copy of the entire diploma.

If you have a degree from outside Norway, please include the following:

  1. Certified copy of Bachelor Diploma
  2. Certified translation of the diploma unless it is issued in English, Norwegian, Danish or Swedish
  3. NOKUT recognition, if you have this
  4. Official course description and curriculum for all relevant courses
  5. An official description of the grading and weighting system used in your diploma
  6. Information on which courses you are taking this semester if they are part of your degree

If you are completing your degree this semester, the final results must be submitted at SøknadsWeb as soon as possible, no later than 1 July for admission to the autumn semester.

Please note that we cannot evaluate your education/qualification unless all the requested documents are included

Admission process

Once the faculty has received your application, the evaluation process will start. The result of the evaluation and the possible offer of admission will be made in July, for the programmes starting in the autumn semester. The result will be communicated to you through SøknadsWeb. Your will also receive an e-mail, sent to the address you have registered on SøknadsWeb, outlining the decision.