Would you like to study social welfare and health policies with a global perspective in an international context? This degree provides you with the knowledge and skills in social science theories and methods to analyse, develop and manage social and health policies at a high level, and it is unique in its combination of social welfare and health policy studies.
To apply for this programme you need:
- admission requires a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent degree) in social work, childcare and welfare, political science, sociology, social economics, anthropology, law, medicine or nursing. Other degrees with a focus on social and health issues may also be considered.
- an average grade of at least C (according to the ECTS grading scale) on your bachelor's degree
- proof of your English proficiency
Applicants will be ranked on the basis of grade average from their bachelor's degree, and applicants may also receive extra points for extra education. Only documented education within the fields of health and/or social welfare will be considered relevant for extra points.
Fifty percent of the places are reserved for applicants who are citizens in countries outside EU/EEA.
The master's programme aims for a diverse group of students from many countries. Given the limited number of places, normally no more than three students from each country will be assigned, with the exception of students from Norway.
The only cost of this programme is the semester fee (student.oslomet.no) of approximately 1000 NOK. You pay this fee each semester of the programme. There are no tuition fees.
How to apply
You apply via Søknadsweb (fsweb.no), where you fill in your details and upload all the required documents.
More information about admission to the international master's degree programmes.
There are different application deadlines based on which country you apply from:
- 1 November: for applicants from countries outside of the European Union / the European Economic Area (EEA) / Switzerland
- 1 March: early admission for applicants from the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
- 20 April: ordinary admission for applicants from the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
The programme’s comparative focus allows you to develop a tool set for analysis in professional fields and within many fields of research, as well as to learn more about a selected country of focus (including your own) during the research process.
How the programme is taught
You spend the two first semesters in Oslo with a cohort of students from around the globe. The third semester, you choose between elective courses at OsloMet or studies abroad at an affiliated university. During the fourth semester, you write your master's thesis, in Oslo or abroad.
The programme offers courses in international social welfare, international health, risk theory and globalisation, foundational research methods and scientific theory.
Elective courses allow you to pursue topics of special interest that may be relevant for both your master’s thesis, as well as for future career possibilities.
Programme StructureOptional course Spans multiple semesters
1st year of study
2nd year of study
You can go on an exchange during your third semester or while you write your master’s thesis
You can exchange to one of OsloMet’s partners around the world.
We encourage you to take your fieldwork abroad in the third semester. We have a number of partner organisations with projects that you can write your master's thesis on, and we help to facilitate your studies abroad.
The objective of the programme is to qualify candidates for the positions in social and health services that require:
- The knowledge and ability to conduct systematic documentation and evaluation of social and health service programmes.
- A knowledge of international and comparative studies within health and social welfare.
Many graduates have found positions in NGOs, research institutes, universities, and public and private welfare and health organisations.
Further studies at OsloMet
Application procedures and campus
Questions about studying at OsloMet
You can contact us by e-mail with any questions about studying at OsloMet, applying and life as a student.
If you have specific questions about the degree you can contact the faculty directly.