University college degree


Key features

  • Qualification: Høgskolekandidat
  • 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.

The university college degree represents an intermediate level within the bachelor level (first cycle) in the NQF. This means that the programme is taught at bachelor level, but does not represent completion of the level.

Degree titles

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

Learning outcomes

As defined in the Norwegian qualifications framework for lifelong learning (NQF).

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