Electronic Systems Design

Master’s degree programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Electronic Systems Design

– Admission requirements

Admission - prerequisite

Program Prerequisites

BSc/BEng degree in Electronics Engineering with average grade of 1st class division or 2nd class upper division. Candidates with a BSc/BEng in Physics may be considered for the programme option Nano Electronics and Photonics. Candidates with a BSc/BEng in Automation, Cybernetics or Electrical Engineering may also be considered.

Applicants who hold a Bachelor of Engineering must have passed the examination in subjects equivalent to Mathematical Methods I, II and III  + Statistics, a minimum of 30 ECTS-credits mathematics and statistics.
Applicants who hold a Bachelor of Science must have passed the examination in subjects equivalent to NTNUs subjects Mathematics 1-4, Statistics, Physics and Information Technology Introduction.

Application procedures

Make sure you meet all the requirements listed below - follow the links

  1. A first degree (a bachelor's degree) in a relevant field
    • To be admitted to the programme of study, applicants must have a relevant bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of at least C.
    • See the study programme of your choice for specific academic requirements
    • The first degree must have been completed by the start of the semester at NTNU in August
  2. English proficiency
  3. Excellent academic performance: A minimum requirement for admission to all programmes is the grade C or better on the ECTS scale. Note that admission is highly competitive. 

    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, and requests to do so will not be obliged. 

Make sure you are applying before the deadline

Non-EU / non-EEA students

  • 1 December the year before the start of the programme in August

EU/EEA: If you are from an EU/EEA country and a visa to study in Norway is not required

  • 1 March the same year as the start of the programme in August
  • This deadline also applies to applicants from a non-EU country who have a Norwegian personal ID number and for whom a visa to study in Norway is not required

Nordic / Norwegian students

  • 15 April the same year as the start of the programme in August
Deadlines Non-EU applicants EU/EEA applicants Norwegian applicants and applicants from other Nordic countries
Main application deadline 1 December 1 March 15 April
Deadline for uploading documentation 15 December 15 March 1 July
Documentation of English / HEC and CHESICC verification 1 February 1 April -----
Sending of answers to applications Around 5 April Around 25 May Around 15 July

Due to the Corona-virus situation, the admission process for our international Master’s programmes has been delayed. Applicants from outside the EU may expect answers to their applications in late April/ early May. We apologize for the inconvenience, but can assure you that even if you receive an admission letter in late April you will still have enough time to apply for student visas etc., so no need to worry about that. Please note that we will as a general rule not answer any questions from individual applicants regarding this issue, as we do not have any additional information at this time, but please check our website regularly for updates.

Documents to be prepared for uploading to the application portal

You will need all the documents below to successfully apply for a master's degree

  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. Upper 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. If you are applying to two programmes you can choose if you want to submit one or two letters
  8. An updated CV
  9. Applicants with special needs: Applicants with any type of disability are treated on an equal basis with all other applicants. However, we need to know in advance if you require any additional support during your studies. Please upload a document with a short description of your disability to Søknadsweb.
  10. Documentation of fundingOnly citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA need to document funding. 
  11. Verification reports of educational documents (bachelor’s/undergraduate diplomas): 
    • Applicants who have a first degree from China must submit an application to CHESICC.  The document must be uploaded to Søknadsweb or sent by email 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 email to NTNU.  

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

All documents must be uploaded in the correct format (.pdf).

Documents to be sent as hard copies by post

  1. Transcripts of bachelor’s/undergraduate diplomas: 
    • Applicants with degrees from Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sudan, Uganda and the USA must send their bachelor’s transcripts as hard copies directly from the relevant college/university, in addition to uploading them online.

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 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. 

If you have successfully followed step 1 - 3, you can proceed to the application portal

  1. Go to the application portal Søknadsweb.
  2. Select language in the top right-hand 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 funding.
  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. If you are applying to one of NTNUs scholarship programmes, please state this in the "other information" box. 
  11. As the final step of the application process, you will be asked to submit the required documentation. Upload all the required documents and make sure they have the correct format (.pdf). 
  12. Please note that there is no "submit"-button.
  13. 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), you must 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.


If you have questions, please consult our FAQ before contacting us. You can also join our Facebook group for international master's applicants. 


To email documents to NTNU after Søknadsweb has closed, use admissions@st.ntnu.no


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 - nordic applicants

Norwegian/Nordic applicants

  • If you have education from one of the specializations listed below with "Yes", you are eligible to apply.
  • For programs that are listed with "Electives", you may be eligible if the election topics covers electronics.
  • If you have Embedded Systems from Kongsberg must select Embedded Systems, or Design of Digital Systems.

Admission - nordic accordion


Education Specialization Approved
Elektro Elektronikk Yes
Elkraft No
Fornybar energi   No


Education Specialization Approved
Automatiseringsteknikk   Yes



Education Specialization Approved
Elektro Automatiseringsteknikk Electives
Elektronikk Yes
Elkraftteknikk Electives
Industriell instrumentering Yes


Education Specialization Approved
Elektronikk   Yes
Kommunikasjonssystemer   Yes
Automatisering   Electives
Elkraftteknikk   Electives
Energiteknologi   No
Education Specialization Approved
Elektronikk og informasjonsteknologi Automatisering Yes
Medisinsk teknologi Yes
Education Specialization Approved
Elektro Automatiseringsteknikk No
Energi, elkraft og miljø No
Education Specialization Approved
Data/Kongsberg Embedded systems Embedded/DDS
Virtuelle systemer No
Elektroingeniør/Kongsberg Kybernetikk og mekatronikk Electives
Signalbehandling Yes
Elektronikk   Yes
Mikro- og nanosystemteknologi   No
Elkraftteknikk/Porsgrunn   No
Informatikk og automatisering/Porsgrunn   No
Education Specialization Approved
Elektro/Fredrikstad Digital elektronikk Yes
Elkraftteknikk No
Education Specialization Approved
Automasjon   No
Elektro/Narvik Elkraftteknikk No
Industriell elektronikk Yes
Satellitteknologi Yes
Education Specialization Approved
Elektro og automasjon   Yes
Elektronikk og data   Yes
Education Specialization Approved
Elektronikk   Yes
Fornybar energi   No
Education Specialization Approved
Informatikk: nanoelektronikk og robotikk (bachelor)   Yes
Elektronikk, informatikk og teknologi (bachelor)   Yes
Fysikk og astronomi (bachelor)   Electives


Education Specialization Approved
Elektro   Yes

Questions about your international master's application?

Questions about your international master's application?

Having trouble with your online application for our international Master's of Science programmes? Wondering when the deadlines are, or what kind of language requirements to be fulfilled? We have answered all these questions and more in our FAQs.