International Business and Marketing

Master's degree programme, 2 years

International Business and Marketing

– Study Environment


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2x2 courses


ECTS each semester

Your day as a student in International business and Marketing

Your day as a student in International business and Marketing

You probably had lots of lectures in large auditoriums during your Bachelor’s degree, but in this Master’s programme lectures will mostly take place in smaller classrooms. The module, Experts in Teams (EiT), is taught in collaborative learning spaces such as the TEFT Lab where you focus on interdisciplinary cooperation and group work.

Being a Master’s student is different from being a Bachelor’s student.

You will take responsibility for creating routines and structuring your day to a far greater extent than you did during your Bachelor studies. You are free to choose how to plan your day and make decisions about how and when to prepare for classes and work on mandatory assignments


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Student quote


"I’m fascinated by the high academic standards and inspiring international environment on campus" 

Olena Kachurovska

Read more about what the students think about this study programme.


Your day as a student in International business and Marketing

Practice sessions and mandatory work

Normally, not all lectures have obligatory attendance, although some do such as EiT. The work you need to do for mandatory assignments will vary during the semester with most courses including assignments that you must pass before you can take the course exams. These assignments take the form of practice sessions, written work and oral presentations.

Practice sessions centre around working on tasks that lecturers upload on to the learning platform, Blackboard. These sessions are often run by MSc or PhD student who have already taken the course, or they are led by one of your lecturers.

As a student, you have the chance to influence how these practice sessions are delivered. For example, you can decide on whether you will work in groups, engage in Q&A sessions or listen to a lecture.


Lectures in International Business and Marketing will be taught in smaller classrooms with no more than 45 students. This not only creates a good atmosphere for active interaction during lectures, but gives you a chance to get to know your fellow students well. If you have any questions, you can also ask these during breaks, and of course our doors are always open if you want to talk more privately.

Most of the lectures do not have mandatory attendance, but we strongly advise you to attend all your lectures. There is a strong correlation between a student’s final grade and attendance in lectures. There are often guest lectures given by industry experts and attendance at these lectures is always mandatory. During these sessions, you have the opportunity to learn more about both the Norwegian and international industries operating in this region. These are excellent opportunities to develop contacts that will last beyond your studies.

Most of the courses in this study programme are worth 7,5 ECTS, and each semester consists of 30 ECTS in total. You normally register for four courses per semester during the first three semesters, and then register for the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS) in the fourth semester. This is a total of 120 ECTS.


The exam structure is similar to that of your Bachelor’s degree.

Each semester ends with a two-week period where there are no lectures before the exam period starts. The type of exam varies: written school exam, oral exam, home exam or project portfolios are the most common. Normally, a written school exam takes 4-5 hours, depending on the requirements of course. Read more about exams on NTNU’s webpage


You will receive your grade for an exam within 3 weeks. You will receive the grade for the Master’s thesis within 3-months. Once you have your grades, you can ask for an explanation of these grades. There is also the further option to appeal your grade if you disagree with the grade you have been given. 

Help in difficult circumstances

If you have an illness or a disability that makes it difficult for you to finish an exam or to follow regular lectures, then you should contact us as early as possible, so that we can work together to help find a solution.

Study halls – Self study

Most students use the study halls in the main building on campus or the classrooms assigned for the Master’s students when there are no timetabled activities. In addition, our campus has opened up a new work area for students, Beddingen, where you can read and work together with other students.

Group rooms

If you prefer to work in a quiet area in small groups, there are a variety of group rooms available and these can be booked by students.

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The library on campus has individual and group study areas.

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Unique relationship with industry and student life

NTNU in Ålesund has close links with local companies when it comes to development, research and possibilities for student projects. As a student, you will have the chance to meet guest lecturers and attend company presentations at various events on campus. Be ready to seize these opportunities!

The size of our campus means that our students develop close contacts with each other and university personnel. Ålesund Studentsamfunn works for student interests and benefits, and Studenthuset Banken is a popular place for students to socialize at many of the events that take place there. The International Students Union (ISU) is committed to the social, academic and political interest of all international students in Norway. As a student here, you have the opportunity to become part of a range of student organisations.

Studying in Ålesund will provide you with plenty of opportunities to explore a region of Norway that is famous for its beautiful scenery, high mountains and blue fjords. The Art Nouveau town centre of Ålesund is considered by many to be the most beautiful in Norway, and its 2500-strong student community is tight-knit and welcoming.

Student representatives

The Student Council consists of student representatives from all study programmes in the Faculty of Economics and Management.

What is the Student Council? Why do we have it? Who are the student representatives and what can they do for me?

Student in Aalesund

NTNU in Aalesund is located beautifully between fjords and mountains. The Art Nouveau town has a population of approximately 45 000, including 2 500 students.

National Geographic named Aalesund as not only the most beautiful port town in Norway but also one of the most beautiful port cities in Europe. You will be a part of Norway’s best connected campus with industry where innovation and entrepreneurship is a central part of campus life.

Outdoor life

Aalesund is famous for its beautiful countryside and there is a short distance between high mountains and deep blue fjords. It is a perfect place for hiking, surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, skiing, fishing, climbing, cycling, rafting, paragliding and much, much more.