Postgraduate diploma / Master’s degree


Key features

  • Qualification: Viðbótarpróf á meistarastigi, Meistarapróf, Kandidatspróf
  • Qualification in English: Postgraduate diploma, Master’s degree
  • EQF level: 7
  • Cycle: Cycle 2.1
  • Thesis required: The programmes may include a research-based final thesis (less than 30 ECTS credits).
  • Nominal length: 0.5 – 2 years / 30 – 180 ECTS
  • Access requirement: Bachelor’s degree
  • Access to further study: Master’s degrees ISQF-HE level 2.2


Most of the programmes are short (30-60 ECTS) Postgraduate Studies that can be transferred into a Master´s programme at ISQF-HE level 2.2.

Some Master’s degree and Kandidat degree programmes belong to this level, i.e. programmes with a thesis that is less than 30 ECTS credits.

One Kandidat degree programme (Dentistry) at this level is a 360 ECTS “long cycle” programme, where the access requirements are stúdentspróf.

In general qualifications from this level do not give access to Doctoral studies, but Kandidat degrees in Medicine and Dentistry may give access to the Doctoral programmes in Odontology and Medical Sciences.

Degree titles


  • Viðbótarpróf á meistarastigi
  • Meistarapróf
  • Kandidatspróf

English (or Latin)

  • Postgraduate diploma
  • Master of Accounting (M.Acc.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Art Education (M.Art. Ed.), Master of Leadership and Management (MLM), Master of International Business (MIB),  Master of International Business and Marketing (MIBM), Master of Corporate Finance (MCF), Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM), Master of Project Management (MPM), Management Accounting and Business Inntelligence (MABI), Master of Information Management (MIM), Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Candidatus medicinae (cand med),  candidatus obstetriciorum (cand obst), candidatus odontologiae (cand odont).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Persons obtaining degrees at this level…

  • Possess knowledge and understanding of scientific subjects and challenges
  • Can provide arguments for their own solutions
  • Can place latest knowledge into context in the relevant field
  • Are familiar with research methods in their scientific field
  • Have knowledge of science ethics  


Persons obtaining degrees at this level…

  • Have adopted relevant methods and procedures
  • Are capable of analyzing statistical informa-tion
  • Can understand and tackle complex subjects in a professional context
  • Can apply their knowledge and under-standing with a professional approach
  • Can use the relevant equipment, technology and software
  • Can collect, analyse and evaluate scientific data
  • Are innovative in developing and applying ideas
  • Can apply their knowledge, understanding and proficiency for resolution in new and unfamiliar situations or in an interdiscip-linary context
  • Are capable of integrating knowledge, resolve complex issues and present an opinion based on the available information
  • Can recognise novelties which are based on scientific theories and/or experiments
  • Can apply the methods of the relevant scientific field and/or profession to present, develop and solve projects
  • Understand research and research findings 


Persons obtaining degrees at this level…

  • Have developed the necessary learning skills and independence for further studies
  • Can initiate and lead projects within the scientific field and be responsible for the work of individuals and groups
  • Can communicate scientific information, challenges and findings to scholars as well as to general audience
  • Are capable of presenting and describing scientific issues and research findings in a foreign language
  • Can make decisions in an independent, professional manner and support them
  • Can decide which analytical methods and complex theories are applicable
  • Can communicate statistical information