Study Master's Degrees in Tromsø, Norway

Tromsø at a glance

Tromsø, Norway, called by some “the Paris of the North”, is a fairly large town in northern Norway, with an increasingly-diverse population and an appetite for research and international exposure. Old Viking settlement and modern research outpost, Tromsø is a great example of Norway’s forward-thinking educational culture. 

Studying

Studying in Tromsø

You can enrol in one of the many research-oriented master’s programmes in Tromsø, available in numerous fields. Therefore, you can get a Master’s of Science in Mathematics, with various majors, a Master’s of Science in Biology, both human and animal specialisations, as well as several interdisciplinary variations with chemistry and physics. There are also Masters’ of Science available in Engineering, with specialisations in electrical engineering, engineering design, satellite engineering or climate physics.

If you are interested in social sciences or humanities, you could also enrol for a Master’s in Economics, a Master’s of Philosophy with a focus on visual cultural studies or indigenous studies, or a Master’s in Linguistics. For more practically-oriented degrees, you can find programmes for a Master’s of Science in Biomedicine or a Master’s Degree in Public Health, with a more administrative focus. Auxiliary, there is also a Master’s Programme in Law of the Sea and several masters in computer science.

The teaching style is generally research oriented for the fields of biology, chemistry and physics and more focused on the acquiring of practical skills for the rest of the disciplines.

Career

Career opportunities in Tromsø

Job offers in Tromsø are limited, given the relative geographical isolation of the city. The biggest employers in Tromsø are the municipality for administrative jobs, the local hospital for medical and healthcare positions and the education sector. There is a fairly high demand for teaching and research staff, given the growth of international exposure for the higher education institutions in the region. Also, research personnel could seek a job at the Norwegian Polar Institute in the city. There are also sporadic private employers, especially offering jobs for companies working in maritime exploration, the arctic fishing industry and energy prospection.

Life

Tromsø city life

Tromsø is a regional centre for northern Norway, as well as one of the largest Nordic cities situated close to the Arctic Circle. It has an elegant blend of modern architecture and traditional Norwegian wooden houses. The main attractions and landmarks in the city are

  • The Polar Museum
  • Tromsø Cathedral
  • Verdensteatret, Northern Europe’s oldest cinema still in use
  • The Polaria Aquarium
  • The Tromsø Museum
  • The Arctic-alpine Botanic Garden

Tromsø is a great place for nature lovers interested in sightseeing and outdoor hiking. The Tromsdalstinden mountain and its glacial lake called Prestvannet are the main destination for photography enthusiasts and trekkers.

The city also offers opportunities for skiing, ice hockey and also football, Tromsø having a regional team in the Norwegian Premier League.

International atmosphere in Tromsø

Tromsø is a multicultural city, with large Sami, Russian and Finnish minorities, as well as other 100 nationalities. Among them, there are also international students which complete the cultural mosaic of the Nordic town. English is widely used as a communication language among the communities, as well as in the university classes.

Weather Tromsø

Tromsø weather is generally very cold, with lots of snow and temperatures below freezing in the winter. Tromsø sees 25 cm of snow for 160 days a year. The average temperature for January is -2.2 °C (28.0 °F), while the average summer temperature is 15.3 °C (59.5 °F) in July. Being so far north, Tromsø experiences polar night (from 26 November to 15 January) and midnight sun (between 18 May and 26 July).

Costs

Accommodation costs in Tromsø

Tromsø has several accommodation options:

  • one bedroom apartment in the city centre costs around 1,095 EUR/month, while three bedrooms are approximately 1,900 EUR/month
  • one bedroom apartment outside the city centre costs around 800 EUR/month, while three bedrooms are about 1,600 EUR/month
  • on-campus housing costs between 330 and 530 EUR/month

Living costs in Tromsø

Tromsø is an expensive city, slightly over the Norwegian average. The living costs in Tromsø are around 1,130 EUR/month, excluding accommodation. The food costs reach about 325 EUR/month. A monthly pass for local transport is about 75 EUR, while a one-way ticket is 5.5 EUR.

Universities in Tromsø

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a medium-sized research university that contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national and international level. UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the third largest in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. 

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