M.Phil. On Campus

Development, Environment and Cultural Change

24 months
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What are the key systemic causes of the so-called Anthropocene era, how are different lives lived under this new planetary condition, and what are the main challenges in creating more sustainable futures? These are some of the questions you can explore in the Development, Environment and Cultural Change programme of the University of Oslo.


Why choose this programme?

During the last century and a half, the world has changed more dramatically than ever before. Since the Second World War, especially, the world has seen enormous economic growth, but the spoils have been unevenly distributed, and the negative consequences of this unparalleled growth have become increasingly clear. Now, in the early 21st century, the world faces three interlocking crises – of economy, identity, and environment – which all emanate from our failure to achieve genuine sustainability.

In the Development, Environment and Cultural Change programme of the University of Oslo, you will gain knowledge and critical insight into the key systemic features of the Anthropocene era, and learn how different lives are lived under this new planetary condition. The programme explores the complex interplay between different scales and localities, the role of different actors, as well as the relation between research and policy, within the sustainable development agenda. In addition, MA students specialize within topic areas related to the Centre’s ongoing research, through elective courses and thesis work.

By choosing DECC, you will acquire a keen sense of the problems involved and how they interconnect; an advanced grasp of how those problems have been theorized within social science and humanist scholarship; and the creativity to see how theory can be linked up with practice to assess, advice and create change. The DECC master’s programme approaches the complex issues of sustainable development with an interdisciplinary lens, building upon a foundation of humanities and social sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Development and Environment
  • Research Methods and Project Design
  • Consumption, Sustainability and Social Change
  • Global Governance for Sustainable Development
  • Development and Sustainability in Contemporary Asia: Connections, Contradictions and Change
  • Environmental Humanities: From Civil Disobedience to Extinction Rebellion

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

  • 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.
  • Documentation of financing.
  • Passport or ID card.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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  • 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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