Students with model brain and neuroscience books
Photo: Geir Mogen / NTNU 

Welcome to study start at NTNU

Welcome to study start at NTNU

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students to study start. 

Due to the current situation with the pandemic, this year's matriculation ceremony will be organised in a slightly different manner than usual.

Exchange students will be invited to view the matriculation ceremony digitally.

More information on this year's Matriculation ceremony.


Information meetings for international students

The Office of International Relations will organise information meetings and online Q&As about how to register for courses, exams and other practical NTNU matters. The sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

The 2021 autumn meetings are held online on August 17th:

08:30 - Joint welcome meeting for new exchange and master's students
Students are encouraged to attend the 'Get started'-day on Gløshaugen or Dragvoll after the welcome meeting.

13:00 - Information meeting for new exchange students

13:00 - Information meeting for new international (master's) students

Find more information hereAgendas, and links to the meetings, will also be posted at this link.


On August 17th, the day after matriculation, a vast number of different student organizations will be present on campus at Gløshaugen and Dragvoll, to showcase the variety of activities, causes and organizations you can engage with outside your studies at NTNU.

NTNU, and Trondheim in particular, is well-known for a vibrant and lively student community with a strong volunteerism spirit - as a result, there are literally hundreds of different associations, clubs, sports teams and organizations you can join in your free time, which is an excellent way to make friends.

Most of these will be present on campus on August 17th, and will have stands outdoors where you can wander about and talk to representatives from any organization that catches your fancy. Representatives from certain services at NTNU and Sit, such as the Office of International Relations, will also be present.

The Office of International Relations will give a presentation (on campus) in English on the various student associations and organizations available.


We invite you to a welcome meeting for the MSc in Neuroscience on August 23th at 9 am (Norwegian time zone) in classroom MTS23 in the buliding called Medisinsk-tekninsk forskningssenter(Norwegian) at Campus Øya.

The welcome meeting will last for approximately two hours. You will meet your study programme leader, the student advisor and your fellow students, and practical information about the courses will be given. 

Checklist and manage your stay

Before you can start your studies, you must pay the semester fee, get a user account at NTNU, download the semester card app and register for courses.

You can do this from early August.  We strongly advise you to this as soon as possible, and preferably before the classes start.

Arrival Checklist for International students

Arrival Checklist for Norwegian/Nordic students

How to learn Norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 

Exchange students can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend-excursion to nearby mountains.


All students at the Faculty of Medicine have to sign a non-disclosure agreement protocol.

By signing this protocol, you promise to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that personal data relating to patients or sensitive research data will be kept confidential.

You have to sign this protocol and hand it in electronically by 15 September.

Special needs students or students with disabilities can get help with individual accommodations. This encompasses measures such as a personal mentor through NAV and specially equipped reading room places.

More information about special needs accommodations

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Buses to and from NTNU


How to Learn Norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course. 


SOMA is the student organization for master's students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. They will organize a welcoming program for the new students and the senior students for the upcoming semester, starting this August 2021. This will help the students to communicate and get to know each other. We intend to arrange the program after the University orientation week. More information is available on SOMA's Facebook page

Starting page

About Neuroscience

Are you wondering how thoughts and emotions arise in the nerve cells in the brain? Do you want to use a wide range of methods from the natural sciences to investigate how the brain works, and what goes wrong when disease occurs? If so, NTNU's interdisciplinary MSc in Neuroscience is the right choice for you.


The application deadline for for applicants from non-EU/non-EEA students is 1 December. The application deadline for students from EU/EEA countries is 1 March.  The application for students from Nordic countries is 15 April. You submit your application electronically.

Career Prospects

The MSc in Neuroscience is suitable for students motivated towards research or teaching in neuroscience in particular, or the natural sciences in general. The introduction to experimental and analytical methods is relevant to other academic areas as well.

Programme Components

The MSc is a two-year, full-time programme starting in the autumn semester. There are two main components: a master's thesis worth 60 credits, and theoretical and methodological courses totalling a further 60 credits.

Study Environment

The MSc in Neuroscience is an international programme with small classes and access to high-tech laboratory facilities.

Learning Outcome

A candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.


Contact our student advisor if you have any questions about the MSc in Neuroscience. Email: / Telephone: +47 73 59 82 66



Degree: Master of Science in Neuroscience
Programme code: MSNEUR
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTS credits
Restricted admission: Yes (20 places)
Language of Instruction: English

Faculty: Medicine and Health Sciences
Department: Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience

Location: Trondheim (Campus Øya)

How to apply


Animation of the brain