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Software Engineering, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Through the Software Engineering programme from Western Norway University of Applied Sciences you will learn about modern technologies and methodologies for program development, and the theoretical foundation for programming languages and algorithms.


This Software Engineering study program offered by Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is a joint degree offered by Western Norway University of Applied Sciences and the University of Bergen in common. We offer master projects where you can apply program development in a variety of areas, and preferably in collaboration with companies or research institutions outside the university.

Upon completion of the course, you will have acquired expert skills in advanced computer technology. You will then be well prepared to work with the development and integration of complex computer systems and software within both technical and administrative applications. You can also choose to proceed to a PhD degree and a scientific career.

The master's program is particularly well-suited for those with a BSc in computer engineering or a BSc in a field of study such as computer science or information technology.

Through the master's degree program you will learn the use of modern systems and software development methods, as well as new application development technologies and associated development tools. The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and the University of Bergen (UiB) are jointly responsible for supervising the master's theses and for teaching in subjects that are part of the program.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Software Technologies
  • Modern Software Development Methods
  • Distributed Computing Resources for High Volume Data Processing
  • Advanced Computer Graphics
  • Health Informatics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree with at least 20 credits of mathematics and 60 credits of computer science / data. Admission Points are calculated on the basis of FAGA DAT100, DAT102 and DAT105, and the 30 best credit data sheets outside of this. For mathematics, they use the 20 best credit maths, possibly in combination with statistics. Applicants must have at least C in average on this faga, but the shooting limit may be higher. University of Bergen is responsible for admission to the program.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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