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International Social Welfare and Health Policy

Global perspectives on social welfare and health policy in an international study environment.

Aims and contents

This master's degree is unique as it combines both international social welfare policy and international health policy.

More about aims and contents.
  • Two-year master’s degree (120 credits). The first two semesters are spent in Oslo with a cohort of students from around the globe. The third semester provides a choice between elective courses and studies abroad at an affiliated university. The fourth semester is used to write a master's thesis (preferably in another country).
  • The curriculum is taught by academic specialists and offers courses in international social welfare, international health, risk theory and globalization, foundational research methods and scientific theory.
  • The programme’s comparative focus allows students to develop a tool set for analysis in professional fields and within many fields of research, as well as to learn more about a selected country of focus (including one’s own home country) during the research process.
  • Tuition for courses is free. Subsidised student housing is available.
  • All courses are in English.

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Download a brochure about master's degree programmes taught in English.



Application deadline

1 March ( early admission) / 15 April for applicants from the European Union / European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and Switzerland. Applications accepted from 1 January.

15 December for applicants from the rest of the world. Applications accepted from 15 October. This deadline also applies to non-EU/EEA citizens residing in Norway.

Admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent. The bachelor’s degree must consist of a minimum of 80 ECTS credits within relevant social sciences and/ or health science disciplines, with an average grade no lower than C according to the ECTS grading scale.

Previous successful applicants held bachelor’s degrees in, for example, social work, childcare and welfare, nursing, public health, gender studies, sociology, political science and international studies. 

Proof of English proficiency is also required.

Programme structure

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Programme information


Programme option in International Social Welfare and Health Policy August 120 2 years, full time Pilestredet, Oslo English 35 This programme is free with no tuition fees required. A semester fee of NOK 820 is to be paid each semester.

More about the programme

You can see more information about being a HiOA student at student.hioa.no

Contact us

e-mail: SAM infosenter 

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Career opportunities

The objective of the programme is to qualify candidates for those positions in social and health services that require:

More about career opportunities
  1. The knowledge and ability to conduct systematic documentation and evaluation of social and health service programmes.
  2. A knowledge of international and comparative studies within health and social welfare.

Many graduates have found positions in NGOs, research institutes, universities, and public and private welfare and health organisations. You can see what specific students are doing now in the 'Learn more about this degree!' box below.


Student exchange

Students are encouraged to take their fieldwork abroad in the third semester. We have a number of partner organisations with projects that students can write their master's thesis on, and we help to facilitate your studies abroad.

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