Application procedure for Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway
Admission to master's programmes for Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway.
Applicants proficient in Norwegian, should read the information at our Norwegian website for applicants.
Study programmes starting in August 2020
- The application portal opens 1 February.
- The application deadline is 15 April.
- The deadline for submitting documents: 15 April, or 1 July if you complete your Bachelor's degree in the spring semester 2020.
Study programmes starting in January 2021
- The application portal opens 1 October.
- The application deadline is 1 November.
There are different deadlines and admission procedures for:
- Applicants to master's programmes in Fine art, Music and Design
- Applicants who are not residing in Norway
How to apply
1. Find your study programme
In the programme descriptions you will find information about
- Which master's programmes we offer
- What you will learn at the programme
- Which semester the programme starts (autumn/spring)
- Which language the programme is taught in
- More about student life and job opportunities after finishing the programme
- Admission requirements specific to the programme
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway can apply for the same master's programmes as applicants from the EU/EEA and Switzerland.
2. Check that you meet the admission requirements
- Bachelor's degree
- You must have obtained a bachelor's degree, but if you complete your bachelor's degree in the autumn semester 2019, you are still qualified to apply for admission.
- Find specific requirements for your home country in our country list.
- Academic specialisation
- Your degree must include courses equalling at least 80 ECTS (approximately 1.5 years of full-time studies) in a subject relevant to the programme you apply for.
- Minimum average grade
- You must have obtained a minimum average grade of grade C or the equivalent, to compete for admission.
- The average grade listed here is the minimum average grade required and do not guarantee admission. If there are more applicants than number of places in the programme, applicants will be ranked and compete for the places.
- Language requirements
- For admission to master's programmes taught in Norwegian, you must document both Norwegian and English language proficiency.
- For admission to master's programmes taught in English, you must only document English language proficiency.
- Other admission requirements specific to the master's programme
- Check the specific requirements for the master's programmes you will apply for in the programme descriptions.
3. Early reply (not relevant for spring 2020)
Some applicants are eligible to get an early reply to their application (this is only an option for the autumn admission).
The application deadline to get an early reply is 1 March.
To get an early reply, you must be qualified for admission by the application deadline 1 March. This means that if you will complete education after 1 March, you can't get an early reply.
You can apply for an early reply if:
- You will have to resign from a job to which you are required to give at least two months' notice or you will have to apply for study leave.
- You are self-employed and will need to liquidate your business.
- You will have to move with your family and this means that you must end your job or your kids must change schools or kindergarten.
- You will need UiB to make arrangements to accommodate special needs (dyslexia not included).
If your reason for applying for an early reply is not approved or your average grade is not high enough to compete with the other applicants eligible for an early reply, your application will be processed in the regular admission.
4. Prepare your documents
Find specific requirements for documents from each country in our country list.
You must upload:
- Secondary School certificate.
- University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s) with a grading scale.
- Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university).
- Course descriptions and syllabi for all relevant courses.
- Documentation of English language proficiency.
- Copy of your passport or picture ID showing full name, date of birth and gender, if you are not applying with a Norwegian ID number.
- Check if the master's programme you wish to apply for has any additional requirements. Note specifically that the Master's programme in English has a higher English requirement.
- Documentation of eligibility for an early reply, if applicable. This can be a work contract, certificate from the tax office of your business, doctor's certificate, etc.
If you complete your Bachelor's degree in autumn 2019
We offer the possibility of conditional admission if you complete your Bachelor's degree during the autumn semester 2019.
You must upload:
- Your higher education completed to date.
- A list of courses you are registered for and the expected date for completion.
- A complete Bachelor's degree diploma/certificate by 1 December.
- We require all documents to be scanned from original documentation.
- If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified copies of a translation to one of these languages must accompany certified copies of your documents in the original language.
- The documents must be uploaded as PDF files of good quality.
5. Apply for admission
1. Apply at Søknadsweb
- 1 October: Søknadsweb opens.
- 1 November: Final application deadline.
Applicants residing in Norway: Apply at Søknadsweb using your Norwegian ID number. If you do not have a Norwegian ID-number, you must contact your local tax office to apply for one. You will find more information regarding how to apply for a Norwegian ID number on the web site of Study in Norway. If you do not receive your ID number in time to apply, please contact us at email@example.com.
Nordic citizens: Apply at Søknadsweb following the instructions for "international applicants", using your e-mail address and creating a password.
2. Upload your documents
- 1 November: Final deadline to upload documents.
- 1 December: Final deadline to upload documents for studies you are completing in the autumn 2019, eg. degree certificate/diploma and final transcript of records. Remember to upload your current transcript of records and a list of courses you are registered for and the expected date for completion, by 1 November in addition.
You are responsible for uploading all the required documents by the deadline. Applications with no supporting documents will be rejected.
3. Prioritising your application alternatives
- You can apply for a maximum of three master's programmes at Søknadsweb. These will be in a prioritised order.
- You can change your priority until 1 November.
- If you are offered admission to the programme with the highest priority, the other programmes will automatically be disregarded.
6. The outcome of your application
Results published by 13 December
- The results will be published at Søknadsweb by 13 December.
- Log in at Søknadsweb to see the outcome of your application and to accept the offer.
- Deadline to accept offer: 20 December
You may be asked to hand in your original documents at the start of your first semester at UiB, for a routine inspection. Students that can't present approved documentation may loose their right to study at UiB.