Music, Communication and Technology

Master's programme 2 years - Trondheim/Oslo

Music, Communication and Technology

– Admission

This study programme starts in August 2018, and will be accepting students on a yearly basis.

Please note that all applications are handled by the University of Oslo, also for those who apply for a main base here at NTNU in Trondheim. Links on this page refer to the University of Oslo's website and their applications procedures.

When to apply 

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 February until 1 March  
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 1 February until 15 April 
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants: Please note! For this programme, from 26 October until 1 December 

How to apply

Main base of study

20 places for students (10 at NTNU and 10 at UiO)

Application codes

  • Main base at NTNU (Trondheim): 185-2474 – (10 places)
  • Main base at the University of Oslo (Oslo): 185-2475 - (10 places)

Applicants are invited to apply for both alternatives in a prioritized order.


There are no tuition fees or application fees for this programme. However, you will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 500-600 each semester to either NTNU or UiO. The semester fee will give you student status and full access at both universities.

Admission requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.

  • a specialization defined by the programme (see below)

  • 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 (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test

Required specialization

  • An in-depth study of at least 80 credit points (ECTS) in Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Informatics, including Music, Media Studies, Linguistics, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Social Economics, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Multidisciplinary Studies, or similar. A degree in Business Studies, Business English or Tourism will not qualify.
  • In addition the applicant will need to document knowledge and experience in both music and technology, such as:
    • Music: performance, composition, production, installation, theory, cognition, acoustics, sound design, and/or signal processing

    • Technology: musical programming (Max, Puredata, CSound, or similar), general programming (Matlab, Python, Java, C++, or similar), human-computer interaction, and/or electronics.


You have to upload all required documents in UiO's online application portal. In addition to the general documents required, you must also submit:

  • A digital portfolio: The digital portfolio will be the basis of the assessment of your music technological competence. When you apply, you should therefore provide the link to a website (a personal page, Vimeo, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.) with relevant material documenting your knowledge and skills relevant to the programme. The portfolio should include former projects, and could be of both academic and artistic nature. If you include work that is produced together with others, it is important to clearly describe your contribution. There is no limit to the size of the portfolio, but the quality of the material is more important than the number of projects and files included.

  • Letter of motivation: We ask all applicants to our programme to add a Letter of motivation where you elaborate on your interest in the programme, with reference to previous experiences from work and/or studies. The letter should be no more than two pages.

Ranking of applicants

Firstly, applicants are ranked according to their grade average in the specialization of their degree. Applicants who cannot be ranked according to their grade average, will be ranked on the basis of an individual assessment.

Secondly, applicants will be ranked on the basis of their digital portfolio and motivation letter. Based on the ranking, a selection of the qualified applicants will be invited to an online interview. A test may be included in the interview, in which case the applicant will be informed beforehand.

Interviews for Non-EU/EEA applicants will be held february 26th and 28th.

Please note that even if you fulfill the minimum grade requirement, this does not guarantee a study place in the programme.

Recognition of prior education

If you have previous higher education, you may apply for specific recognition of this education as part of your degree. Education from both Norwegian and non-Norwegian higher education institutions may be recognised. Recognition depends upon whether the education meets the specific requirements of your degree. Read more about recognition of prior education.

19 Nov 2019

MCT programme facts


Degree: Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Music, Communication and Technology
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MMCT

Language of instruction: English

City: Norway, Trondheim/Oslo

Department of Music (NTNU) and Department of Musicology (UiO), The Faculty of Humanities

How to apply