Study at Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Rankings, Tuition Fees, Courses Offered Scholarship opportunities.


    Study at Norwegian University of Science and Technology: Rankings, Tuition Fees, Courses Offered Scholarship opportunities.

    The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (called Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet in Norwegian and abbreviated as NTNU) is a public research university founded in 1996, with campuses in the cities of Trondheim, Gjøvik, and Ålesund in Norway, and has become the largest university in Norway, following the university merger on 1 January 2016, between NTNU and the colleges in Gjøvik, Ålesund, and Sør-Trøndelag.

    NTNU is a large coeducational higher education institution with enrollment range of 20,000-24,999 students. The university has the main national responsibility for education and research in engineering and technology.

    Nonetheless, the university offers higher education in other academic disciplines like social sciences, the arts, medical and life sciences, teacher education, architecture and fine art, thus leading to the issuance of officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, and doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

    NTNU is well known for its close collaboration with industry, and particularly with its R&D partner SINTEF, which provided it with the biggest industrial link among all the technical universities in the world.

    The university invites international students to apply for enrollment.

    NTNU Faculties

    The university merger in 2016, increased the number of NTNU faculties from seven to nine, including the University Museum, giving an approximate number of 39,000 students and 2,500 PhD students.

    The nine NTNU faculties are organized in 65 departments namely:

    1. Faculty of Engineering: With eight departments: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, Department of Marine Technology, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Department of Structural Engineering, Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering (in Gjøvik), Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering (in Ålesund)
    2. Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering: With eight departments as well: Department of Computer Science, Department of Electric Power Engineering, Department of Electronic Systems, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, Department of General Science, Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Department of ICT and Natural Sciences (in Ålesund).
    3. Faculty of Natural Sciences: With eight departments: Department of Biology, Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science, Department of Biotechnology and Food Science, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Physics, and Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund.
    4. Faculty of Architecture and Design: With four departments: Department of Architecture and Planning, Department of Architecture and Technology, Department of Design, and Trondheim Academy of Fine Art.
    5. Faculty of Economics and Management: With four departments: Department of Economics, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Department of International Business, and the NTNU Business School
    6. Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: With eight departments: Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Department of Mental Health, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science, Department of Public Health and Nursing, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, Department of Health Sciences in Gjøvik, and Department of Health Sciences in Ålesund.
    7. Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences: With seven departments: Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Department of Geography, Department of Psychology, Department of Social Anthropology, Department of Social Work, Department of Sociology and Political Science, and Department of Social Work.
    8. Faculty of Humanities: With six departments: Department of Art and Media Studies, Department of Historical Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Department of Language and Literature, Department of Music, and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.
    9. University Museum: The University Museum forms part of the University on the same organizational level as the faculties and two departments: Department of Archaeology and Cultural History, and Department of Natural History

    NTNU Rankings

    NTNU ranks as the 146th University in the world and the 2nd University in the whole of Norway. Other notable rankings include:

    • Times Higher Education World University Rankings (March 2017) of universities with the biggest corporate links – 1st.

    This is due to its research collaboration with SINTEF. Statistically, 9.1% of NTNU’s total research output is generated in collaboration with SINTEF, which is the largest academic-industry partnership in the world.

    • CWTS Leiden Ranking (May 2017) on bibliometric indicators – 216th in the world.
    • Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (January 2017) for its presence on the web – 59th in Europe and 190th in the World.
    • ARWU Global Ranking (January 2017) of Academic Subjects:
    • Engineering – Marine/Ocean Engineering: 2nd
    • Engineering – Chemical Engineering: 37th
    • Engineering – Metallurgical Engineering: 46th
    • Engineering – Automation & Control: 51st-75th

    NTNU Admission Requirements:

    NTNU specializes in technology and the natural sciences, but also offers a range of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes in the humanities, social sciences, economics and public and business administration, and aesthetic disciplines. The university also offers professional degree programmes in medicine, psychology, architecture, the fine arts, music, and teacher education, in addition to technology. For all these specializations and degrees, the university admits students. Below is the statistics of the school’s admission for the year 2017:

    • 40,181 registered students, of which about half study technology and the natural sciences.
    • 3,460 international students.
    • 3,335 registered students in further education programmes and experience-based master’s (2016 figure).
    • 7,210 bachelor’s and master’s degrees awarded.

    Dozens of international student exchange programmes and there are more than 300 cooperative or exchange agreements with 60 universities worldwide. About 3,500 bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded each year, and more than 5,500 participate in further education programmes. At any given time, around 2,600 foreign students are at the university.

    NTNU Fees

    NTNU charges no tuition fees. However, students are expected to cover their own living expenses. In addition, all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to show with proper documentation that they have enough funding to live in Norway in order to be granted a student visa.

    Nonetheless, to avoid surprises, UniRank gave an estimation of fees that could be charged by NTNU as tuition. This is as a sort of a reserve should expectations fall short.

    uniRank Tuition Range Matrix™
    Undergraduate Postgraduate
    Local students 0-1,000 US$
    (0-750 Euro)
    0-1,000 US$
    (0-750 Euro)
    International students 0-1,000 US$
    (0-750 Euro)
    0-1,000 US$
    (0-750 Euro)

    N/B: The above uniRank Tuition Range Matrix™ does not include room, board or other external costs; tuition may vary by areas of study, degree level, student nationality or residence and other criteria. The above table is only indicative and may not be up-to-date or complete.


    For need for funding, there are several organizations providing tailor made scholarships opportunities you can key into. NTNU does not offer any stipends or loans. As such, it is recommend that you periodically check by yourself for available funding opportunities. As an international student, you may be eligible for smaller, specialized grants to study at NTNU or for research abroad, depending upon your course of study and your nationality.

    Below are some relevant awards:

    • The Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
    • Anglo-Norseety: Awards £2,500 each year to the best qualified British citizen receiving admission to a master´s degree at NTNU. You do not need to apply.
    • Torske Klubben –  offers financing for University of Minnesota graduate students to study in Norway.
    • Fulbright Scholarships – available for American students wishing to study in Norway, or Norwegian students wishing to study in the United States. It is a highly competitive
    • Norway-Americas – a variety of funding programmes for Americans wishing to study in Norway and vice versa.
    • Yggdrasil – a programme sponsored by the Research Council of Norway for international PhD students or young researchers who wish to spend from one to 10 months in Norway.
    • Armenia-Norway Exchange Programme – for Master students and PhD candidates from NTNU’s collaboration institutions in Armenia.

    NTNU Notable Alumni

    NTNU Alumni was founded in 2006 as a professional network and meeting place for former students and staff of NTNU and its forerunners. The network is now also open to current employees and students, increasing their number to approximately 30,000 members. Of this number is to be noted some Nobel laureates. They include:

    • Lars Onsager, Chemistry in 1968. He graduated in 1925 as a chemical engineer from Norwegian Institute of Technology, NTH.
    • Ivar Giaever, Physics in 1973. He graduated in 1952 as a mechanical engineer from Norwegian Institute of Technology, NTH
    • Eddard Moser, Medicine or Physiology in 2014. He is a professor of neuroscience, NTNU.
    • May-Britt Moser, Medicine or Physiology in 2014, a professor of neuroscience, NTNU.
    • John O’Keefe, Medicine or Physiology in 2014, a visiting researcher, NTNU 2015.

    Annually, NTNU awards honorary doctorates to scientists and others who have made an extraordinary contribution to science or culture.

    Master’s degrees in NTNU

    NTNU offers more than 40 master’s programmes which are all taught in English. The master’s degree is the higher Norwegian university degree at graduate level, and at NTNU, there are two types:

    1. A 2-year master’s. This requires 120 credits and builds on a bachelor’s degree. It is called Master of Arts (abbreviated MA) in the arts, social sciences, music and fine art.. It is called Master of Science (MSc) in the natural sciences. There is also a Master of Philosophy degree (MPhil). Students with a bachelor’s degree from Norwegian university colleges or equivalent institutions abroad in Technology can also enroll for a 2-year MSc programme.
    • A 5-year integrated master’s. This is a full-time study that requires 300 credits. There is both a Master of Arts degree (MA) – which combines language disciplines, social sciences, and pedagogical training, and a Master of Science degree (MSc) in the natural sciences, technology and architecture. Sometimes, field of specialization is added, example: Master of Science in Marine Technology (MSc in Marine Technology). NTNU’s integrated 5-year master’s degrees correspond to the Anglo-American master’s degree. However, there is no Norwegian equivalent to Anglo-American undergraduate degrees in architecture and engineering.

    To select a Master’s programme of your choice, visit the university’s site and browse through the Master’s Programme page.

    PhD Education in NTNU

    PhD degree is the highest level of formalized education in Norway. A greater number of doctors are going into leading positions in the private sector, even though academia has traditionally been the main career path.

    PhD Admission and Financing

    A master’s degree or equivalent, a strong academic record, and financing are absolute requirement for admission to a PhD programme in NTNU. Funding can be both through NTNU and other sources.

    Programme Components

    The PhD education has a nominal duration of three-year full-time study, although some PhD positions would require a fourth year of required duties, usually in the form of teaching. This will be detailed in your employee contract if applicable. The programme comprises of at least 30 ECTS of coursework, and an independent academic work in the form of a doctoral thesis estimated to 2.5 years. The final thesis should contribute to the development of new scientific knowledge and meet international standards in the field

    PhD education at NTNU is internationally oriented, as such, it is expected of you to contribute to international conferences and publish in international peer-reviewed journals. You can complete part of your studies abroad, either in the form of a prolonged research stay or by completing some of your courses abroad

    PhD Vacancies in NTNU

    The school regularly updates their  PhD Vacancies on their site through  the Job and Vacancies platform. Below are some of the current PhD positions to apply for:

    • PhD position in Robust Cardiovascular Models using minimal data sets for prediction of hypertension (SO IV-147/18) – Søknadsfrist: 31st July, 2018.
    • PhD position in “Maternal effects on egg quality in broodstock Atlantic Halibut” – Søknadsfrist: 31st July, 2018.
    • PhD Position – LHC detector cooling with R744 refrigeration units (SO IV – 206/18) – Søknadsfrist: 31st July, 2018.
    • PhD position within ageing and modelling of secondary Li-ion batteries (IV-198/18) – Søknadsfrist: 1st August, 2018.
    • Phd in Cyber-Physical Security in Energy Infrastructure of Smart Cities CPSEC (IE-146-18) – Søknadsfrist: 3rd August, 2018.
    • PhD in Biometric Approach to Behaviour Understanding (IE 147-18) – Søknadsfrist: 15th August, 2018.
    • PhD position in small mammal ecophysiology – Søknadsfrist: 5th August, 2018.

    NTNU Distance Learning

    NTNU Centre for Continuing Education is the major way to learn from a distance (e-learning) in NTNU. This offers further education and part time studies tailored for people in full-time employment. Here, short courses as well as study programs at bachelor and master levels within a wide range of disciplines are offered. These courses are flexible and delivered as a combination of online activities and intensive seminars, offering you a learning experience from Norway’s foremost researchers and instructors.

    It is possible for existing courses and programmes from NTNU to be tailored to meet your company’s demand. NTNU can as well develop new ones at your request.

    Meanwhile, International students could be somehow considered as distance learning students in that they leave their countries to study in Norway. Thus, it is pertinent to understand the application and admission requirements for international students.

    Application procedures for International Students

    Application for master’s programme in NTNU for International Students commences on October, 2018. Below is the process of admission.

    Admission requirements:

    • A first degree (bachelor’s) in a relevant field
    • The first degree must be completed by your August semester start at NTNU
    • English proficiency
    • Proof of financing for non-EU / non-EEA citizens
    • Excellent performance: Most master’s degree programs require an average grade of C or better on the ECTS scale as a minimum requirement for admission. NTNU converts GPAs for education from other countries than Norway, and applicants are ranked based on this assessment.


    • 1st December, 2018 for Non-EU, non-EEA students.
    • 1st March, 2019 EU EEA / Nordic / Norwegian students: If you are from EU/EEA country and do not require a visa to study in Norway.
    Deadlines Non-EU applicants EU/EEA applicants Nordic applicants/Norwegian
    Main application deadline 1 December 1 March 1 March
    Deadline for uploading documentation 15 December 15 March 15 March
    Documentation of English / HEC and CDGDC verification 1 February 1 April
    Publication of answer to application End of March Around 25 May 25 May or 14 July*

    Relevant documents for application:

    Documents to upload to the application portal:

    • The pages of your passport showing your photo, your full name, your date of birth and your nationality
    • If applicable, documentation of change of name (e.g. marriage certificate)
    • Higher Secondary School grade transcript or diploma
    • Official transcripts and diplomas from all your college/ university education
    • Copies of English language documentation such as TOEFL or IELTS test results
    • A letter of motivation
    • An updated CV
    • Documentation of financing: Only citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA need to document financing.
    • Additional application form: Fill out the form, sign it and upload it to the application portal.

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

    Registering more than once as an international student on the application portal is not accepted.

    Documents to be sent as hard copies by post:

    • Bachelor/undergraduate transcripts: Applicants with degrees from Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines, Sudan, Uganda and USA must send their educational documents as hard copies directly from the college/university, in addition to uploading them online.
    • Verification reports of educational documents (bachelor/undergraduate diplomas): Applicants who have a first degree from China must submit an application to the CDGDC. The verification report must be sent directly as a hard copy from CDGDC to NTNU. While 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 the application portal or sent by post or email to 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.




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