Human Geography

University of Oslo

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
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With the Human Geography programme of the University of Oslo you learn to understand the difference that place makes and how local and global processes intertwine and produce change around the world. Choose between four thematic specializations to meet your academic interests.


Why choose this programme?

The Human Geography programme of the University of Oslo aims to provide an understanding of social processes within the context of space and place. You will learn how economic, political and cultural processes manifest themselves in the urban space, regionally or globally, and how the properties of places influence broader social processes.

  • You can choose between four thematic specializations – urban studies, climate change adaptation, development and politics, and economic and labour geography – or a general study programme.
  • You combine specialization courses with elective courses to fit your academic interests.
  • The programme’s methodological courses offer a choice of methods available to geographers, including Geographical Information Systems.
  • You can link up your master thesis work with ongoing research projects at the department and among partner institutions, such as NIBR, TØI, ISF and FAFO.
  • You can conduct independent fieldwork research for your master’s thesis, in Norway or abroad.
  • Working on your master’s thesis you conduct independent research and develop your analytical skills under the supervision of our leading human geography team.
  • With a master’s degree in Human Geography you will be prepared for a knowledge-intensive career that demands practical methodological skills. Human geographers work in areas such as urban and regional planning, public policy and administration, civil society organizations, international organisations, and academic research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy and methodology of human geography
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Urban geographical theory
  • Urbanism - urban policies and planning
  • Sustainable urban transformations
  • The social dimensions of climate change

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

  • Scan of non-Norwegian passport or ID card        
  • Documentation of English language proficiency        
  • Documentation of completed upper secondary education        
  • Final bachelor's degree diploma(s)/certificate(s)        
  • Transcript of records for your bachelor's degree        
  • Degree/ relevant courses to be completed - Only applicable for Nordic and EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway
  • Final degree diploma and transcript of records        
  • Documentation of financing (if applicable)        

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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Human Geography
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