Reykjavik University (RU) is a modern, dynamic university situated in the heart of Icelandís capital. RU focuses on excellence in teaching, research, entrepreneurship, technology development and co-operation with the business sector. The University provides students with a strong academic foundation, cutting-edge practical experience and extensive connections with industry.
  • 20 Masters
  • 3500 Students
  • Private Institution Type

About

Reykjavik University (RU) is a modern, dynamic university situated in the heart of Icelandís capital.

RU focuses on excellence in teaching, research, entrepreneurship, technology development and co-operation with the business sector. The University provides students with a strong academic foundation, cutting-edge practical experience and extensive connections with industry.

  • 3.500 registered students
  • 250 permanent faculty and staff
  • 8.61 recommendation score (on a 0-10 scale) among graduates in 2015
  • 84% of graduate students in 2015 said they were well prepared for employment
  • 3.7 peer-reviewed research articles, per year, per researcher in 2014
Studying at RU

Reykjavik University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes, taught in four schools: School of Business, School of Computer Science, School of Science and Engineering and School of Law. RU also hosts a number of research institutes, which span the continuum from theoretical foundations to innovative applications. The University study programmes are designed in close collaboration with industry to ensure they are up to date with latest developments in the rapidly changing areas of engineering, computing, business and law.

  • Commitment to high academic standards and research excellence
  • Innovative, applied learning approach in real world context
  • Interactive, small classes
  • Outstanding, modern facilities
  • Unique relations with industry and public institutions
Graduate Studies

RU graduate programmes are 90-120 ECTS and take two years of full time study to complete. All departments offer graduate programmes taught in English.

Applications

Application deadline for graduate studies at Reykjavik University is April 30th for students within the EU/EEA. For other students the application deadline is January 31st for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
Applicants should as a general rule have completed a matriculation examination or equivalent. Other education and experience is considered on an individual basis.
The academic year at RU is divided into two semesters. The autumn semester runs from mid-August to mid-December and the spring semester from January to May.
Information on the application process is available at: en.ru.is/application-process
Information on courses, visa, insurance and housing is available at: en.ru.is/services

International Relations

The geographical position of Iceland, located midway between Europe and North America, creates a unique platform for international collaboration. This enables Reykjavik University to conduct teaching, research and programme development in close co-operation with outstanding universities on both sides of the Atlantic. The University has approximately 200 partner universities around the world and continues to develop strategic co-operation agreements for student exchange,research collaboration and visiting professor programmes. The university participates in the Erasmus+ Programme and has established agreements with a number of leading European Universities on student exchange.

Campus

Set in one of the most beautiful areas of Reykjavik, the newly built campus offers students modern, first-rate facilities. All of RUís operations take place under a single roof, where youíll find the classrooms, library, IT support and student counselling. The building has well equipped classrooms and students have 24-hour access to the spacious study facilities.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland and home to 118,000 inhabitants, offers students a vibrant mix of culture,heritage, and leisure. It is a modern and vibrant city with a unique culture of entrepreneurship. Iceland is known for its unparalleled natural beauty and one of the highest standards of living in the world.

Reykjavik University has a clear and progressive research strategy and stands first among equals in Iceland when it comes to research in its main academic fields. Overall research activity is constantly rising as is the number of publications in peer-reviewed outlets.

Reykjavik University is the first Icelandic university to participate in a formal implementation program of the European Commission policy regarding the working environment of researchers. RU has made a commitment to adapt its overall human resources strategy and the working environment of its researchers to certain principles in line with EU policy in this area.

According to the research strategy, researchers must be active participants in the international research community, and research must meet the demanding requirements of said community. An important indicator of research success is the publishing of results in established peer-reviewed outlets and all researchers at RU should strive to achieve international recognition for their work. The quality of the research work is best ensured via peer-review in academic forums.

An assessment of research activities within RU's academic schools is conducted annually by a panel of international experts. The panel members are asked to base their evaluation and hence their rating primarily on the quantity/quality of research output in peer-reviewed outlets. The panel is asked to note all comparison to the international research community in each field and impact, also witnessed by citations, derived work, advising of doctoral students/post-docs, grants and status (roles as editor, PC member/organiser of conferences, examiner of PhD thesis, etc.). The result of the annual assessment is the basis for allocation of research funds from the Ministry of Education and Culture between the academic schools.

Reykjavik University has a very effective research council. Members are representatives from academic schools and the committee chair, appointed by the rector of Reykjavik University. The council formulates the University's research strategy and provides advice to the rector and Executive Committee for implementing the strategy.

Statistics from the RU Annual Research Assessment 2007-2014

Number of peer reviewed publication pr. academic full time employee annually

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

1,0 1,4 2,1 3,1 3,6 3,8 4,5 4,3

Research

Reykjavik University has a clear and progressive research strategy and stands first among equals in Iceland when it comes to research in its main academic fields. Overall research activity is constantly rising as is the number of publications in peer-reviewed outlets.

Reykjavik University is the first Icelandic university to participate in a formal implementation program of the European Commission policy regarding the working environment of researchers. RU has made a commitment to adapt its overall human resources strategy and the working environment of its researchers to certain principles in line with EU policy in this area.

According to the research strategy, researchers must be active participants in the international research community, and research must meet the demanding requirements of said community. An important indicator of research success is the publishing of results in established peer-reviewed outlets and all researchers at RU should strive to achieve international recognition for their work. The quality of the research work is best ensured via peer-review in academic forums.

An assessment of research activities within RU's academic schools is conducted annually by a panel of international experts. The panel members are asked to base their evaluation and hence their rating primarily on the quantity/quality of research output in peer-reviewed outlets. The panel is asked to note all comparison to the international research community in each field and impact, also witnessed by citations, derived work, advising of doctoral students/post-docs, grants and status (roles as editor, PC member/organiser of conferences, examiner of PhD thesis, etc.). The result of the annual assessment is the basis for allocation of research funds from the Ministry of Education and Culture between the academic schools.

Reykjavik University has a very effective research council. Members are representatives from academic schools and the committee chair, appointed by the rector of Reykjavik University. The council formulates the University's research strategy and provides advice to the rector and Executive Committee for implementing the strategy.

Statistics from the RU Annual Research Assessment 2007-2014

Number of peer reviewed publication pr. academic full time employee annually

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

1,0 1,4 2,1 3,1 3,6 3,8 4,5 4,3

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (8)
Business & Management (7)
Computer Science & IT (5)
Medicine & Health (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Humanities (1)
Law (1)
  • LL.M. Law
    School of Law
Social Sciences (1)

Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Reykjavik University - Iceland's centre for learning and innovation!

Services

RU Library: RU has developed one of Iceland's largest and most advanced electronic libraries with excellent access to databases and e-journals in all of RU´s fields of study.

International Office provides information and assistance for prospective international students, current international students, RU students, staff, institutions and organisations associated with international programmes at RU and abroad.

Student Services specializes in helping students improve their study methods and efficiency. Its aim is also to help students build increased awareness of their abilities, opinions, and interests so they can be used effectively in academia and the workplace.

Academic Teaching & Registry oversees all information pertaining to students, for example, their course history, course registrations and withdrawals, and grade registration. Enrollment and graduation of students is also supervised by Academic Teaching & Registry, in addition to all matters regarding examinations.

Career Services has the aim of helping students find exciting and demanding jobs and of helping companies find the right employee for their needs from the group of RU's students.

In addition to a number of computer labs and computer access at the library, wireless Internet connections are available in throughout the campus. Through RUs intranet, students have access to all information on the courses in which they are enrolled, including all lecture overheads, projects and discussion topics.

Accreditation

International Accreditations

  • Association of MBAs for the RU MBA program.
  • EPAS for the following RU School of Business program: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Since 2005 the following audits and accreditation processes have been conducted by the Icelandic Ministry of Education:

  • The Icelandic National Audit Office 2005 Business, Computer Science and Law
  • Accreditation in Science and Engineering 2006-2007
  • Accreditation in Social Science 2007
  • School of Computer Science Accreditation for PhD-studies 2008
  • School of Business Accreditation for psychology 2009
  • School of Law Accreditation for PhD-studies 2010
  • School of Business Accreditation for PhD-studies 2010
  • School of Science and Engineering Accreditation for PhD-studies 2010

The School of Business is also a part of several international academic networks, e.g., a network of first-rank Nordic business schools (NOREK), an International University Consortium on Executive Education (UNICON), CEEMAN (an international management development association), and EFMD.

The Global Study Awards

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