University of Oslo

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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What is it that makes the universe expand faster? How were the super massive black holes in galaxies formed? These are some of the questions you can explore as a student in the Astronomy programme of the University of Oslo.


About the programme:

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics offers the only master's degree programme in astronomy available in Norway. The Astronomy programme of the University of Oslo emphasizes theoretical understanding in astrophysics and practical application of mathematics, physics, computer science, and statistics to solve astronomical problems. As part of the programme you will produce a thesis, where you can immerse yourself in either cosmology, extragalactic astronomy, or solar physics. The Institute houses international top-level research groups in these fields.

You will conduct your own research and learn what basic research is about. During the master's programme you will learn problem solving, statistics and numerical calculations.You will be trained to communicate your work in writing and orally. This will provide you with experience and expertise that are both useful and sought after in a variety of industries.

Further studies and work

After completing your studies, you will have a good foundation for working in a number of fields in private and public sector. Former students are employed in technology and consulting companies, research and education institutions. Some master's degree students who achieve very good academic results, pursue a research career by taking a PhD at the University of Oslo or a university abroad.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Radiative Processes in Astrophysics
  • Cosmology and Extragalactic Astronomy
  • Computational Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Stellar Atmospheres

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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