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
- Application portal opens: 1 February.
- Application deadline: 15 April.
- Deadline for submitting documents: 15 April, or 1 July if you complete your Bachelor's degree or other courses in the spring semester 2020.
Study programmes starting in January 2021
- Application portal opens: 1 October.
- Application deadline: 1 November.
- Deadline for submitting documents: 1 December.
Other deadlines and procedures apply to:
- Applicants to Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
- Applicants residing outside the Nordic countries
1. Our study programmes
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. Admission requirements
- Bachelor's degree
- You must have obtained a bachelor's degree or equivalent.
- 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 Norwegian 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
The application deadline to get an early reply is 1 March.
|Deadlines for early reply 2020:||Application deadline||March 1st 2020|
|Your application is answered||May 25th 2020|
|Deadline to accept offer||June 1st 2020|
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.
- Are self-employed and will need to liquidate your business.
- Will have to move with your family and this means that you must end your job or your kids must change schools or kindergarten.
- Will need UiB to make arrangements to accommodate special needs (dyslexia not included).
- Will need to apply for a study permit/renew your residence permit
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.
Find specific requirements for documents from each country in our country list.
You must upload:
- Secondary School certificate.
- University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s), including a diploma supplement or grading scale explanation (all pages).
- 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.
Conditional offer of admission
We offer the possibility of conditional admission if you complete your Bachelor's degree during the application period.
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 before the semester registration deadline
- 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
Admission autumn 2020:
|Spring admission 2021:|
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
- You are responsible for uploading all the required documents within the deadline.
- Applications with no supporting documents will be rejected.
- Refrain from uploading more documents than required.
- Give your documents simple, logic names (bachelor_transcript, bachelor diploma, IELTS, etc)
3. Prioritising your application alternatives
- You can apply for a maximum of 2 master's programmes at Søknadsweb. These will be in a prioritised order.
- You can change your priority until 1 July (or 1 December for the spring admission)
- 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
The outcome of your application will be published at Soknadsweb and by email.
|Admission fall 2020||The results will be published at Søknadsweb||6 July 2020|
|Deadline to accept offer||13 July 2020|
|Conditional offer, documentation deadline||31 August 2020|
|Admission spring 2021||The results will be published at Søknadsweb||11 December 2020|
|Deadline to accept offer||17 December 2020|
|Conditional offer, documentation deadline||31 January 2020|
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.