Master’s degree programme, 2 years

Master of Science in Informatics

New student 2019

Monday 12 August – Matriculation Ceremony

09:30 am - 11:30 am Semester start with matriculation ceremony

 On the lawn behind the main building at Gløshaugen

Ceremony for all new NTNU-students. Meet in good time before the ceremony starts.

13 - 16 August – Orientation Week for International students

The Office of International Relations organise a full week of activities for new international students. The programme is a mix of information meetings and social events, and includes a full-day hiking trip. It is not mandatory to participate, but it is strongly recommended.

Full Orientation Week programme.

Friday 16 August – Programme Option Meeting

11:15 am Programme Option Meeting Artificial Intelligence

12:15 am Programme Option Meeting Databases and Search

13:15 am Programme Option Meeting Software Engineering and Interaction Design, Game and Learning Technology

All meeting will be held at room 454, IT-building (Gløshaugen)

At the programme option meeting you will meet a professor that works within you programme option. It will be a short meeting where you among other things will learn about what you can expect from you supervisor, and what your supervisor will except of you.

Practical information

New Student

Arrival checklist

Academic Calendar 2019/2020

Overview of deadlines and examination periods.

How to get to NTNU

Local bus 
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Airbus transport
How to get from the airport to Trondheim and the student villages.

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Timetable and reading list


Your personal timetable will be available in the "Timetable" tab at Innsida when you sign up for courses. You can also find the timetable for each course on the course website, links to the courses in informatics can be found in “programme components”. If you do not find your course, it will be ready for the start of the teaching period.

Reading list

You will get information about the reading list at the start of the course.

About Informatics

Master of Science in Informatics is a 2-year master’s programme for those who want to continue studying informatics after completion of a bachelor’s degree programme. The programme in informatics will provide you with an advanced and research-oriented competence in informatics. This course of study includes the full scope of our research within informatics in the department.

Through this programme you will develop an academic competence and ability to work independently on theoretical and practical problems by means of modern and sophisticated technology. During the two years, you will specialize in a subject area and complete the degree through your master’s thesis. The choice of courses and topic for the master’s thesis are linked to the research carried out at the department within each programme option.


The programme is open to both international and Norwegian studants.

Admittance to the programme requires an average garde of at least "C" form a bachelor degree in computer science, software engineering, information systems, or similar with at least 80 credits in informatics.

Job prospects

With a Master in Informatics you will be qualified for the new working life. Most students secure a job before completion of their master’s thesis. Usually, you will start working as a developer. Gradually, however, you may become a project manager or a leader of development groups. You may also be able to work at a superior level with system design and method development.

After some years of employment in the industry, many advance to leading positions. Candidates with a Master in Informatics fill the same positions and roles as candidates with an MSc in Computer Technology.

Study environment

The student community offers a number of opportunities for you as a student and has special offers for you who are interested in computer science. The student days have room for more learning than that which is obtained in the reading room, and valuable experience may be acquired through participation in various exciting organizations. The informatics students’ association Online makes student life better by organizing social gatherings, and by promoting academic competence and contact with business and industry.

Programme components

The programme consists of four programme options and you have to apply for admission to one of the following:

The first part of the programme consists of compulsory courses and courses within the programme option selected by the student him/herself. The programme is concluded by a master’s thesis under the supervision of a researcher.


Contact the Office of international relations (NTNU) if you have any questions regarding application procedures, or prerequisites.


Degree: Master of Science in Informatics
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS
Programme code: MSIT
Restricted admission: Yes
Language of instruction: English

Department of Computer Science

Faculty of Information Technology and Eletrical Engineering

City: Trondheim

How to apply

Application deadlines

Non-EU/non-EEA students: 
1 December 2019

EU/EEA students: 
1 March 2020

Norwegian/Nordic students:
15 April 2020

The application portal will open mid-october


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