Guide to Postgraduate Funding in Norway

Postgraduate funding in Norway

There is no doubt that Norway provides very good opportunities for students seeking postgraduate education in English. Norwegian universities are currently offering more than 170 Master's programmes with English being the sole language of instruction. The most updated list of English-taught degree programmes in Norway is available on our website. If you are planning to study in Norway next year, it's a good idea to check our comprehensive guide to entry requirements for postgraduate study at Norwegian universities, as well as information about living costs in Norway.

Our guide to postgraduate funding in Norway is not designed to give prospective students a full list of Master's scholarships at Norwegian universities, nor it will give you advice on how to write a killer scholarship application. What we wish to tell you in this guide is the funding options that are available to British students in Norway.

In a country where all universities seem to be "affordable", is it possible to get any financial assistance to do a Master's programme?

Postgraduate tuition fees in Norway

In Norway, state universities do not charge tuition fees to students from any country. There is often a nominal fee (called semester fee), but it is unlikely to exceed £70 a semester. The only exception is Nord University where the semester fee is currently NOK 705 per semester.

Nonetheless, European students are required to pay tuition fees for the following two Master's programmes at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, even though this is a public university:

  • Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM) (Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree)
  • Dance, Knowledge, Practice and Heritage (Choreomundus) (Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree)

Private universities in Norway do charge tuition fees. There are only two Norwegian private universities that teach in English in the 2016/17 academic year:

  • BI Norwegian Business School where the tuition fee is EUR 9,540 per year,
  • NLA University College where the the tuition fee is EUR 1,595 per year.

Zero tuition fees may be appealing but you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries. We estimate that it costs  an average British student at least £8,000 per year to live in Norway.

The semester fee must be paid before you can take any exams at the university. It also grants you membership in the local student welfare organisation, which in turn entitles you to several benefits such as on-campus health services, counselling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities.

Payment of the semester fee is also necessary to get an official student card that, among other things, gives you reduced fares on most forms of public transport and lower ticket prices to various cultural events.

Postgraduate loans, grants and scholarships in Norway

As in most countries with no tuition fees, there are absolutely no sources of government loans or grants for British students pursuing postgraduate study in Norway.

There is generous student support available to anyone with a Norwegian passport or, in some cases, background. American and Canadian students are eligible for a number of scholarship and fellowship programmes, but there is not much available to British students.

Anglo-Norse Society is perhaps the most prominent source for postgraduate funding, but the amount will not exceed £1,000. They offer the following grants and bursaries for British citizens planning to do a Master's programme in Norway:

  • The Dame Gillian Brown Postgraduate Scholarship: £1,000 and only available to postgraduate students in the field of Norwegian literature, history, music or translation studies.
  • You can submit a research proposal to Anglo-Norse Society and ask if they could offer you a grant to conduct your study. The amount would normally be less than £500, and your research be related to Norway.

The application deadlines are usually set in March.