Master's degree programme 2 years

Master of Philosophy in Childhood Studies

– Admission requirements

Spesific programme requirements

The programme is open to both international and Norwegian students. Admittance to the programme requires a bachelor's degree in a social science or humanities discipline, or other equivalent education. Possible admission to the study programme requires a minimum of an average grade of C or the equivalent. C is however, not a guarantee for admission.

Admission requirements

The master's programme accepts Norwegian and Nordic students, in addition to self-financing international students. Admittance to the programme requires a bachelor's degree in the social sciences or humanities, or other equivalent education. A background in childhood studies, social anthropology, geography, sociology or history is recommended. 

C requirement

To be accepted into the programme students must have at least an average grade of  C (by the Norwegian grading system) in the admission criteria. 
A C grade, however, does not guarantee admission.

B guarantee

All qualified applicants with a weighted average grade B (by the Norwegian grading system) in the admission criteria (grades used for ranking, minumum 180 study points), will be offered a place on the master’s programme.


Qualified applicants are ranked based on all grades in their bachelor’s degree, in accordance with NTNU’s admission regulation section 31.

The language of instruction is English, and applicants must document their English proficiency by achieving a passing grade from a Norwegian upper secondary school (videregående skole) or through a standardized test (TOEFL 600/90 paper-based/internet-based or IELTS with 6.5 or better). Applicants may document their English proficiency in other ways, and students from some countries may be exempted from documenting their competence in English as described above. For more information, please contact the Office of International Relations or consult the following website: 

Pre-recognized educational background

If you are applying for admission to MPhil in Childhood Studies and your educational background is from Norway, but from another institution than NTNU, you have to apply for recognition of your educational background. However, if you find your education on the list below, it will not be necessary to apply for recognition.

  • Bachelor in Child wefare from NTNU
  • Bachelor in Child welfare from Nord University
  • Bachelor in Child welfare from Oslo and Akershus University College
    of Applied Sciences
  • Bachelor in Education from the University of Oslo
  • Bachelor in International studies from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Bachelor in Sociology from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Bachelor in Social work with in-depht study of intercultural and international social work, NTNU
  • Ba in Early Childhood Teacher Education from Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education, Trondheim

Application procedures

Admission requirements

  1. A first degree (bachelor's) in a relevant field
    • The first degree must be completed by your August semester start at NTNU
  2. English proficiency
  3. Proof of financing for non-EU / non-EEA citizens
  4. Excellent academic performance: Most master's degree programs require an average grade of C or better on the ECTS scale as a minimum requirement for admission. NTNU converts GPAs for education from other countries than Norway, and applicants are ranked based on this assessment. We do not have the capacity to assess your grade average before you apply.

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to assess your academic background prior to the application process. To see if you are eligible, please read the academic requirements.


1 December 2018
Non-EU / non-EEA students

1 March 2019
EU / EEA / Nordic / Norwegian students: If you are from EU/EEA country and do not require a visa to study in Norway.


Non-EU applicants

EU/EEA applicants

Nordic applicants/Norwegian
Main application deadline 1 December 1 March 1 March
Deadline for uploading documentation 15 December 15 March 15 March
Documentation of English / HEC and CDGDC verification 1 February 1 April --
Publication of answer to application End of March Around 25 May 25 May or 14 July*

* Norwegian/Nordic applicants who have not finished their bachelor degree at the time of applying will be notified 14 July. 

How to apply

The next application round opens in October. 

  1. Go to the application portal Søknadsweb - the application portal will open for new applications in October. 
  2. Select language in the top right corner where it says "Norsk bokmål".
  3. Click on "International Applicant".
  4. Click on "Register new international applicant".
  5. Answer the question regarding your English qualifications.
  6. Answer the question regarding residence permit in Norway.
  7. Answer the question concerning financing.
  8. You have now reached the application form. Please register as an applicant, and you will receive your password by e-mail.
  9. Log on to Søknadsweb with your e-mail address and password, and fill in the application details.
  10. As the final step of the application process, you will be asked to submit the required documentation by uploading these.
  11. Please note that there is no "submit"-button.
  12. You can change your application as many times as you like up until the deadline.

Submitting multiple applications

Please do not register as an ‘international applicant' more than once. If you wish to submit more than one application (e.g. International Master's and Erasmus Mundus), log on to Søknadsweb with the email address and password you received the first time you registered. Then choose ‘New application'. If you have forgotten your password, please request a new one through Søknadsweb.

Required documentation

Documents to upload to the application portal Søknadsweb

  1. The pages of your passport showing your photo, your full name, your date of birth and your nationality
  2. If applicable, documentation of change of name (e.g. marriage certificate)
  3. Higher Secondary School grade transcript or diploma 
  4. Official transcripts and diplomas from all your college/ university education
  5. Copies of English language documentation such as TOEFL or IELTS test results
  6. A letter of motivation
  7. An updated CV
  8. Documentation of financingOnly citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA need to document financing.
  9. Additional application form: Fill out the form, sign it and upload it to Søknadsweb

Documents which are not originally in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English, must be accompanied by an authorized translation of the original document in English.

Documents to be sent as hard copies by post

  1. Bachelor/undergraduate transcripts:
    • Applicants with degrees from Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sudan, Uganda and USA must send their educational documents as hard copies directly from the college/university, in addition to uploading them online. 
  2. Verification reports of educational documents (bachelor/undergraduate diplomas):
    • Applicants who have a first degree from China must submit an application to the CDGDC. The verification report must be sent directly as a hard copy from CDGDC to NTNU.
    • Applicants who have a first degree from Pakistan must submit an application to HEC. Once the transcripts and diplomas have a HEC stamp, they must be uploaded to Søknadsweb or sent by post or email to NTNU. 
  3. To send hard copies to NTNU, please use the following address: 

"Your application number"
International Master's Programmes
O. S. Bragstads plass 3
NO-7491 Trondheim

Showing originals after arrival at NTNU

Students who are admitted must bring all the original documents to with them to NTNU. Students failing to present all relevant original documents upon request may be denied admission or later told to leave the university. 

FAQ and contact information


If you have questions, please consult our FAQ before contacting us. 


To email documents to NTNU after Søknadsweb has closed, use


To send hard copies to NTNU, please use the following address: 

"Your application number"
International Master's Programmes
O. S. Bragstads plass 3
NO-7491 Trondheim

Admission info for Norwegian / Nordic applicants

Norwegian and Nordic applicants are required to upload the following documentation:

1. Diploma of your Bachelor's degree including transcript of records (if you have graduated), or
2. Current transcript of records and overview of the remaining courses if you graduate in current semester. Bachelor's degree diploma must be uploaded no later than 1 July.

 We will notify you by e-mail if there is missing or insufficient documentation

More information



Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2018

EU/EEA/Norwegian students: 
1 March 2019

The application portal will open in mid-October 

Do you have questions about your application? Please see our FAQ