Asia and Middle East Studies

University of Oslo

Master On Campus
24 months
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The Asia and Middle East Studies programme of the University of Oslo offers a combination of higher degree studies in the languages, cultures, societies and histories of Asia and the Middle East.


Why choose this programme?

The Master Asia and Middle East Studies at University of Oslo allows you to continue your studies of the area and language you chose for your bachelor’s degree specialisation. UiO is the only university in Norway that offers this higher degree combination of Asian and Middle Eastern language and area studies. Most of the programme options build upon the languages skills acquired at the bachelor level. The sources you use for your thesis work should be in their original language.

Each programme option has compulsory courses which provide you with the theoretical and methodological basis for writing your master’s thesis. You may also acquire courses from other units at UiO or from other institutions, domestic or foreign. The courses must be relevant to the programme and should be selected in agreement with a subject teacher. Each student is free to choose the topic of his or her master’s thesis, but a teacher/tutor’s approval must be granted.

Learning outcomes

The master’s programme gives you multidisciplinary knowledge of the linguistic, cultural, historical and social conditions of a particular region.

The master’s thesis: Having completed the master’s thesis, the candidate will have learned how to work with scientific material methodically, critically and independently.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theory, Methodology and Project Description in Middle East- and South Asia Studies
  • Readings of Middle Eastern Texts
  • Key Debates in South Asia Studies
  • Deep reading for South Asian studies
  • Classical Japanese
  • Dissecting Chinese Culture and History

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor’s degree.
  • 4-year bachelor's degree or Licence.
  • You must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian C in the required specialization. A Norwegian C is described as a good grade, generally comparable to an American B and a Second Class Upper in the British system.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Scan and upload your official transcripts documenting that you have completed your upper secondary education.
  • You must scan and upload your official bachelor's degree certificate and academic transcript.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


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Asia and Middle East Studies
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