Integrated Master/Professional degree

Cand.med.-degree programme

  • Years6 Years
  • Intake185
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • ECTS credits360

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The medical degree programme leads to the cand.med. degree. The duration of the programme is six years (6 1/2 years with an elective semester). Credits: 360 (390 incl. elective semester).

The cand.med. programme gives you the theoretical, practical and behavioural basis required to practice medicine. During the course of the programme, you will develop an understanding of the biological, mental, environmental and social factors on which human health is based and of how you can use this understanding to help patients. You will also gain insight into health economics and the organisation of the health service. The programme is scientifically based, and it also forms the basis for further education and researcher training.

The programme includes extensive clinical service that covers a wide range of patients, from primary health care in Norwegian municipalities to centralised specialist hospital departments, and from emergency medicine to caring for chronically ill patients.

Medical students (up to 10%) who are interested in medical research and would like to pursue a future career in research can apply for the Medical Student Research Programme. Students admitted to the Medical Student Research Programme receive organised researcher training in addition to the ordinary medical degree programme.

They carry out their own research and write a research paper that can be the start of a doctoral thesis. For students who choose the research option, the duration of the medical degree programme will be seven years.


Martin Nyhammer

What you Learn

Required Learning Outcomes


After completing the programme, the candidates should be capable of:

  • Describing the different biological, mental, environmental, social and cultural factors that form the basis for human health, for the development of diseases and injuries, and for the interaction between these factors in treatment and prevention
  • Describing how the health service is organised in addition to describing the interaction between the different medical disciplines and between public and private health care providers in patient treatment.


Practical abilities/skills

After completing the programme, the candidates should be capable of:

  • Using expedient, scientifically based methods to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in the medical area with a view to relieving suffering, illness and injury in patients
  • Cooperating with the patient in making a diagnosis and in planning and implementing treatment and preventive measures
  • Implementing rational and efficient work procedures
  • Critically assessing the scientific basis for medical knowledge and decisions
  • Using the resources that society has allocated to the health service as fairly as possible, including priorities at the individual level
  • Interpreting and communicating the limitations of the methods used by medical science, and the relationship between what is possible in technical and societal terms and what is desirable from a human perspective.

General competence

After completing the programme, the candidates should be capable of:

  • Creating security and confidence in the doctor-patient relationship
  • Reflecting on ethical issues and dealing with people who need their advice and services in a responsible and respectful manner
  • Creating good cooperation and relations with colleagues and other health service personnel
  • Applying scientific thinking and taking a critical approach to research results

Demonstrating the ability to reflect on their own behaviour and learning, and taking responsibility for their own further and continuing education in their professional careers.

How to Apply

Application procedure


Higher education entrance qualifications or equivalent prior learning and work experience. Applicants must also meet science subject requirements (MEROD requirements): mathematics R1 (or mathematics S1 and S2), physics 1 and chemistry 1 and 2.There is also a demand for proficiency in Norwegian.

Admission to the Medical degree programme is coordinated through The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS). Look at NUCAS web site for information on how to apply and about Norwegian and English language requirements. All the programs that go through NUCAS require that the applicant have a permanent/renewable residence permit in Norway. http://www.samordnaopptak.no/info/english/

If you have foreign higher education and wish to know how your qualification relates to the Norwegian education system, you can consult The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT):

Please consult UiB's home page http://www.uib.no/education for information on courses for exchange students.

Medisinstudent øver på ultralyd
Anne Sidsel Herdlevær

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About the programme

Study code in NUCAS

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