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Master’s degree - long cycle

Key features

  • Qualification: Mastergrad
  • Qualification in English: Master’s degree
  • EQF level: 7
  • Cycle: Long cycle
  • Thesis required: Yes (20 ECTS)
  • Nominal length: 5 years / 300 ECTS (330 ECTS for some programmes)
  • Access requirement: Higher Education Entrance Qualification or a corresponding qualification
  • Access to further study: PhD programmes


Five-year programmes of professional study (300 ECTS) are most common at universities and in the following subject areas: pharmacy, fisheries science, informatics, engineering, law, odontology, teacher training and economics.

Five-year programmes of professional study are also offered within architecture and design. The master’s degree in Architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design has a nominal length of 5 ½ years (330 ECTS).

Students are required to submit a thesis with minimum 20 ECTS workload before graduation, as defined in the legal regulations for master’s degrees (in Norwegian only).

Degree titles

  • Norwegian: Master (MA) i (field of study) or Master (MSc) i (field of study)
  • English: Master of Arts (MA) in (field of study), Master of Science (MSc) in (field of study), Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Learning outcomes

Defined in the Norwegian qualifications framework (NQF).

Knowledge and understanding

Persons obtaining degrees at this level...

  • have advanced knowledge  within the academic field and specialized insight in a limited area
  • have thorough knowledge of the scholarly or artistic theories and methods in the field
  • can apply knowledge to new areas within the academic field
  • can analyze academic problems on the basis of the history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society of the academic field


Persons obtaining degrees at this level...

  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • can use relevant methods for research and scholarly and /or artistic development work in an independent manner
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics

General competence

Persons obtaining degrees at this level...

  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and terminology of the academic field
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public
  • can contribute to new thinking and innovation processes