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University college degree

Key features

  • Qualification: Høgskolekandidatgrad
  • Qualification in English: University college graduate
  • EQF level: 6
  • Cycle: Short cycle
  • Thesis required: Regulated by the institutions
  • Nominal length: 2 years / 120 ECTS
  • Access requirement: Higher Education Entrance Qualification or corresponding qualification
  • Access to further study: Bachelor's degree


The university college degree is obtained after successful completion of higher education programmes of two years' duration.  Graduates can obtain a bachelor’s degree by one further year of study within the same field.

Degree titles

  • Norwegian: Høgskolekandidatgrad i [field of study]
  • English:University College Graduate in [field of study]

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Persons obtaining degrees at this level...

  • have knowledge of  important topics, theories, problems, processes, tools and methods in the subject area
  • are familiar with research and development work in the field
  • can update his/her knowledge in the subject area
  • are familiar with the subject area’s history, traditions, distinctive nature and place in society


Persons obtaining degrees at this level...

  • can apply academic knowledge to practical and theoretical problems and explain his/her choices
  • can reflect on his/her own academic practice and adjust it under supervision
  • can find, assess and refer to information and academic material and relate it to an issue
  • master relevant academic tools, techniques and styles

General competence

Persons obtaining degrees at this level...

  • have insight into relevant ethical issues relating to the field/ profession
  • can plan and carry out tasks and projects alone or as part of a group and in accordance with ethical requirements and principles
  • can present important academic material such as theories, problems and solutions, both in writing and orally, as well as using other relevant forms of communication
  • can exchange opinions with others with a background in the field and participate in discussions concerning the development of good practice
  • are familiar with new ideas and innovation processes