Education, Master's, 2 years

  • Years2 Years
  • ECTS credits120

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Objectives and content

The goal of the master's programme is for students to receive in-depth research-based knowledge about education and to contribute to the field. The content of the programme is linked to the research areas at the Department of Education.

The relationship and tension between the different forms of knowledge, and views on learning, educational policy and educational practices are central during the first part of the programme. These contexts and tensions will be illuminated and explained both as relevant social phenomena and as basic educational philosophy issues. Key educational research topics; such as learning, knowledge and education, are illuminated and explained in different contexts; examples of which are educational institutions, management, businesses and organizations. The second half of the programme will qualify students to plan and execute an independent scientific work (master's thesis corresponding to 60 credits). This also requires the competence to assess research and development work in the field of education.

On the whole, the programme qualifies for educational research work, and planning, assessing, analysing and leading educational processes in the field of educational institutions, management, businesses and organizations.


Admission to, and commencement of, the programme takes place every second year, in the autumn of 2015, 2017, etc.

What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes

A graduate from the Masters programme in Education will have achieved the following learning outcomes, divided and defined into knowledge, skills and general competence:

The graduate will have advanced knowledge:

  • within the field of education, with a particular strong focus on the area of the master's thesis
  • of the history, tradition, characteristics and social utility of the field of education
  • of the scientific theories and methods in the field

The graduate will have the skills to:

  • analyse questions and problems within the field
  • make use of new knowledge where it is relevant
  • communicate academic problems, analyses and conclusions in the discipline, both orally and in writing
  • conduct an independently focused research project under supervision and in accordance with applicable research ethics norms

The graduate will have the general competence to:

  • make independent use relevant research methods
  • work independently on practical and theoretical problem solving
  • make contributions to new ideas and innovative processes

Programme structure

Masterprogram i pedagogikk (requirement 120 SP)
Masterprogram i pedagogikk - obligatoriske emner (requirement 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
PED311Philosophy of Education151–21
PED312Research Methods151–22
PED313Knowledge and Knowledge Processes151–21
PED314Specialization and Project Plan151–22
Masteroppgave i pedagogikk (requirement 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
PED395Master's Thesis in Education603–43
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

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