M.Sc. On Campus

Human Geography

University of Oslo

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.

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

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  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

Living costs for Oslo

11682 - 19230 NOK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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