Master's Degree Programme, 2 years


– Admission

Academic Requirements

The MSc in Neuroscience is suitable for students motivated towards research in Neuroscience in particular or the natural sciences in general. Some previous basic knowledge of Neuroscience and/or Cell and Molecular Biology is highly recommended.

Admission to the MSc in Neuroscience requires a bachelor's degree (or an equivalent 3-year higher education) in one of the following disciplines:

  1. Neuroscience
  2. Biology, Biotechnology, Biomedical Science
  3. Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics
  4. Psychology

Other relevant disciplines, combined with or including course work in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics/Statistics, Neuroscience and/or Physics, may be accepted after an individual evaluation of the applicant's qualifications.

Application procedures

Admission requirements

Nordic and Norwegian applicants have other application procedures; please see separate instructions. 

  1. A first degree (bachelor's) in a relevant field
  2. English proficiency
  3. Proof of financing for non-EU / non-EEA citizens
  4. Excellent academic performance: All programmes require an average grade of C or better on the ECTS scale as a minimum requirement for admission. 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.

    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: If you are from EU/EEA country and do not require a visa to study in Norway
  • This deadline also applies to applicants from a non-EU country who have a Norwegian personal ID number and do not require a visa to study in Norway

15 April 2019

  • Nordic / Norwegian students 

Non-EU applicants

EU/EEA applicants

Nordic applicants/Norwegian
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 --
Publication of answer to application Around 5 April Around 25 May Around 15 July


How to apply

Nordic and Norwegian applicants have other application procedures, please see separate instructions. 
  1. Go to the application portal Søknadsweb.
  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. Upload all the required documents and make sure they have the correct format (.pdf). 
  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

Nordic and Norwegian applicants have other application procedures, please see separate instructions.

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
    • If you are applying to two programmes you can choose if you want to submit one or two letters
  7. An updated CV
  8. Applicants with special needs: Applicants with any form of disability are treated on an equal basis to all other applicants. However, we need to know in advance if you require any additional support throughout your studies. Please upload a document with a short description of your disability to Søknadsweb. 
  9. Documentation of financingOnly citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA need to document financing.
  10. Verification reports of educational documents (bachelor/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 in English.

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

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 bachelor transcripts as ahard copy directly from the 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 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

Nordic and Norwegian applicants have other application procedures, please see separate instructions. 


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


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

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


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


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