Study Master's Degrees in Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim at a glance

Trondheim, Norway, is one of the oldest Nordic cities, but also the place with the youngest student population in the country. Also called “The Diocese City” for its history as a religious centre, it is the third most populated city in the kingdom and the scientific research centre of Norway. 

Studying

Studying in Trondheim

Universities in Trondheim offer numerous study options, mainly Master’s degrees with very diverse specialisations. Generally, the study programmes reflect the economic profile of the institutions, with most of the programmes being in the fields of engineering and technology. Thus, various Masters’ of Science are available in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial ecology, sustainable energy, alongside those in medicine, mathematics, physics and biology. For those interested in obtaining a Master’s of Arts or a Master’s in Philosophy, there are options for a major in English linguistics or fine art, as well as psychology, childhood studies or global politics.

Some faculties specialise in business, management and financial services, offering the possibility for a Master of Science in Business, Master in Accounting and Auditing or Master of Science in Finance.

The teaching style is generally focused on introducing research skills and awareness of practical application for acquired knowledge, which is also reflected in the lucrative institutional connections with private companies and research foundations.

Career

Career opportunities in Trondheim

Trondheim is a technological hub in Norway, with 554 tech companies employing over 10,000 people in all tech-related areas such as IT, engineering, computing, graphic design and multimedia development. Another strong economic field is Trondheim is high-end research, with the Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (SINTEF) serving as research subcontractor for over 2,000 companies worldwide. Their main research field is industry (energy, construction and engineering), as well as healthcare and environmental issues. Over half of SINTEF’s research staff have PhDs, remaining the favourite destination for highly educated graduates of Trondheim’s universities. The institute has long-lasting partnerships with higher education institutions from across Norway, especially for much-needed internship programmes. Another large destination for university graduates in Trondheim is the education sector itself.

Life

Trondheim city life

The city is best known for its incredible student culture, with 36,000 out of the 187,000 inhabitants being students. This young atmosphere makes it a lively city, despite it being one of the oldest Norwegian towns. The main attraction for social events is the city shopping centre, situated in the heart of town.

Trondheim is a traditional Norwegian city, having a wide distribution of houses and long walkways, perfect for jogging and biking. Founded in 997, Trondheim has several remarkable historical landmarks such as

  • Kristiansten Fortress
  • Olav Tryggvason statue and obelisk-sun dial
  • Nidaros Cathedral
  • DORA 1, a Nazi submarine
  • Trondheim Museum of Arts
  • Rockheim – the National Discovery Centre of Pop and Rock

The city is also a great place for music lovers to enjoy jazz, classical music, both eloquently supplied by the Symphony Orchestra and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. The city is also a centre for music production and recording studios. Trondheim enjoys three yearly film festivals: Minimalen Short Film Fest, Kosmorama International Film Fest and Trondheim Documentarfestival. Like most northern European cities, Trondheim is a great place for winter sports such as skiing and hockey, but also hiking alongside the picturesque scenery.

International atmosphere in Trondheim

The city has made it a purpose to be a meeting place for international students, thus organising the International Student Festival in Trondheim. Given its attractive nature for foreign volunteers and students, Trondheim is an ideal cosmopolitan destination, a place where almost everyone is tolerant of different cultures and good speakers of English.

Weather Trondheim

Winters in Trondheim bring moderate snowfall, with mostly mixed precipitations between November and March. The annual average is of 25 cm of snow and a daily minimum of -10 °C (14 °F). Summers are full of sunshine but still rather chilly, with temperatures usually reaching over 20 °C (68 °F), starting from the end of April and up to the end of September. In the past years, average temperatures have begun to rise and the maximum temperature recorded was 35 °C (95 °F) in July.

Costs

Accommodation costs in Trondheim

There are several accommodation options available in Trondheim:

  • Rent for one-bedroom apartment in the city centre is around 1,080 EUR/month, while for three bedrooms is about 1,900 EUR/month
  • Rent for one-bedroom apartment outside the city centre is almost 800 EUR/month, while for three bedrooms is approximately 1,435 EUR/month
  • On-campus accommodation is available for anywhere from 330 to 550 EUR/month for a single room, with other temporary facilities being offered for around 25 EUR/night.

Living costs in Trondheim

Life in Trondheim is fairly expensive, as is the rest of Norway. Monthly living costs in Trondheim are about 1,080 EUR, excluding accommodation, with food costs reaching 415 EUR/month.

A monthly pass for local transport is around 80 EUR, while a one-way trip ticket is 5.51 EUR. As an alternative, taxis charge a normal rate of 1.43 EUR/km.

Universities in Trondheim

NTNU has a main profile in science and technology, a variety of programmes of professional study, and great academic breadth that also includes the humanities, social sciences, economics, medicine, health sciences, educational science, architecture, entrepreneurship, art disciplines and artistic activities.

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