Master's Degree Programme, 2 years, Trondheim

Master of Science in Globalization and Sustainable Development

Hands holding a globe. Photo.

Welcome to semester start 2019

12 August–16 August: Orientation Week for international students

Orientation week

Week 33: Monday 12 August–Friday 16 August. Registration required!

We strongly recommend all new master's students from outside of Norway and the Nordic countries to attend Orientation Week. Make sure you register for the arrangement in July! 

Monday 12 August: Matriculation Ceremony - Gløshaugen campus

09:30: All new students meet on the lawn behind the Main Building at Gløshaugen campus.

After the ceremony busses will take you to Dragvoll campus where administrative staff from the Department of Geography will meet you and guide you to the department.

12:30: Welcome lunch for new students, staff and student representative in Bambus Canteen at Dragvoll campus.

Monday 19 August: Kick-off for master students

Welcome to the Department of Geography. We invite all new master students at the department to a formal introduction seminar. We will start with serving breakfast.

Date: August 19th, 08.15 - approx. 16.00

Room: D156 (Dragvoll Campus) 


  • Get to know the department, staff and research areas
  • Introduction to methods courses (you have to choose before September 15th) 
  • Research design
  • "Why it is important to start thinking about your master thesis early"

Tuesday 20 August: Orientation meeting

Date: August 20th, 09.15 - 11.00

Wednesday 21 August: Information meeting at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences

14:15–16:00: Information meeting for international master's students at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences. Room D156 at Dragvoll campus.

Wednesday 28 August: Computer Course day 1

16:00–19:00: Computer course in at Dragvoll campus

Room to be announced.
Instructor: Martin Syslak Mjelde

Course plan:

  • General information, NTNU account, Student web, Innsida, Blackboard, Webmail, Eduroam, Software, NTNU farm, Library.
  • Basic use of Windows, Office365, Basic use of Microsoft Office Word, Master’s Thesis, Computer Labs, printers and scanners, campus support services

Please remember to bring your username and password for this class. Username and password can be acquired from Orakel support services.

Activate your username

You may also bring your own computer or laptop to use during the course.

Wednesday 4 September: Computer course day 2

16:00–19:00: Computer course in Computer Lab D9420, level 4, Campus Dragvoll

Instructor: Martin Syslak Mjelde
Course plan: see day 1

Tuesday 11 September: Library Course

13:30–15:00: Library course for international students

The course will be at Campus Dragvoll, The Library, Block 6B, room 6575 at Campus Dragvoll
Instructor: librarian Joost Hegle

  • About the Library – Practical information about how to borrow books, journals etc.
  • Google as a bibliographical tool
  • eUBIT
  • Google Scholar
  • Reference databases

Course in Academic writing. Five lectures in October.

16:15–18:15 Course in Academic writing. Room to be decided.

Instructor: David Collins, MSc

Writing is an integral part of an academic education.  The purpose of this writing course is to introduce students to the main types of academic writing they will be expected to do while at NTNU.  The course will cover basic structures of term papers and other types of academic writing, with focus on establishing the rationale and purpose of an academic paper. Since academic writing is dependent on research that others have done and written about, the course will emphasize the importance of finding, evaluating and referring to relevant literature.  In addition, the course will provide students with writing and language techniques that are useful in writing a clear, coherent and logical text.

The course will be held in English and is a combination of lectures and student participation.  This is a 10-hour course, with five 2-hour long sessions.

Tuesday 1 October, D5
Thursday 3 October, D6
Tuesday 8 October, D5
Thursday 10 October, D6
Tuesday 15 October, D5

You will also find useful information on the following web pages about writing term papers and projects:

Course schedule

Your personal course schedule/timetable will be available on your page on the intranet Innsida after you have registered for your courses. The schedule for each course will also be available in the course description section. You will find the courses under «Programme components» in the menu to the left on the programme start page.

Useful Information

About Globalization and Sustainable Development

Globalization and the increased interconnectedness created by the rapid flow of capital, people, goods, images and ideologies across national boundaries requires a new set of specialized educational tools. The two-year Master in Globalization and Sustainable Development prepares students to analyze the complex interactions between the political, economic, cultural and social trends which are having profound effects on our contemporary world.


Note that there are different deadlines and slightly different application procedures depending on whether you are from an EU/EEA country or not:

1 December: If you are from a non-EU/non-EEA country
1 March: If you are from a EU/EEA country and do not require a visa to study in Norway, or live in Norway and have a personal Norwegian ID-number
See here if you meet the requirements and find out how to apply.

Career Prospects

This Master's programme is designed to provide its students with the specialist knowledge and transferable skills to pursue careers in global corporations, non-governmental organisations or with international campaigning groups. 

Programme Components

The master's programme in Globalization and Sustainable Development involves two years of full-time studies. The workload for a full-time student for one academic year is 60 credits.

The programme is structured around core courses and elective courses (7.5 credits). In addition, the programme consists of an internship (30 credits) and a master's thesis (30 credits).

Student guidance

Please contact us if you have any questions:
Phone: +47 73 55 89 07

You can also visit us at campus Dragvoll in Building 7, level 4.


Degree: Master of Science in Globalization and Sustainable Development
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSGLOPOL

Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
Department of Geography

City: Trondheim, Dragvoll and Gløshaugen

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2019

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2019

The application portal is now open


  Please see our FAQ
Group for EU applicants
Group for non-EU applicants