Psychology, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, Norwegian (book IELTS)
University rank #62 (ARWU) ,
The master's degree in Psychology provides you with advanced psychological knowledge. You will also gain practical experience through projects and lab work. The programme offers five specializations. The Cognitive Neuroscience programme is offered by the University of Oslo.


The Cognitive Neuroscience programme is offered by the University of Oslo. The five programme options are:

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Occupational and Organizational Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Cultural and Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Only the Cognitive Neuroscience programme is taught in English and welcomes international applicants as well as Norwegian/Nordic applicants. The other four disciplines require proficiency in Norwegian (Bergenstest or equivalent). The programme is delivered by University of Oslo.

Please note that the Master of Philosophy in Psychology is a theoretically oriented education of two years which does not give you an authorization to practice as a clinical psychologist in Norway. To become a clinical psychologist you have to apply for the profession oriented degree programme (6 years education) which is taught only in Norwegian (Bergenstest is needed).


The Master’s Degree in Psychology will produce candidates with a wide range of applicability. Some graduates will progress into careers in research, by joining the Ph.D program.

Others will take jobs in the public and private sectors as health administrators, teachers, government officials or management consultants. Some master program candidates can be found in recruitement companies working closely with HR professionals.

The students will meet with relevant professional organizations, and they will be offered guidance on the writing of job applications and research proposals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Judgment and Decision-Making and Social Cognition
  • Vision and the Brain
  • Research methods in cognitive neuroscience Part I
  • Genetics of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Research methods in cognitive neuroscience Part II
  • Current issues in Cognitive Neuroscience
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5
Recommended score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. 
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:a) Passed examination in English foundation course with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, orb) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Tuition Fee

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  • EU/EEA Applies to you

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Living costs for Oslo

  • 11682 - 19230 NOK/month
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