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Universal Design of ICT (MSc)

If you want to become a specialist in universal design of ICT systems.

Aims and content

With the emerging e-society, it is becoming essential that all electronic information and services should be accessible for all, regardless of devices, situations, and abilities. This requires competent ICT professionals who are able to create universally accessible user interfaces. Furthermore, the emergence of the e-society poses a great challenge on ICT infrastructure and services in our society.

More about aims and contents.

This programme in Universal Design of ICT (Master of Science) aims to meet the growing need for knowledge and expertise in universal design of ICT solutions.

The programme is relevant for those with prior competence in human-computer interaction, interaction designers, software engineers, and related professionals in the public sector. The programme is also relevant for those interested in further education at doctoral level.

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Application deadline

1 March 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

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or other equivalent qualifications which include at least 80 ECTS within the field of computer science.

Previous successful applicants held bachelor’s degrees focusing on human-computer interaction and interaction design. Other highly relevant subjects are inclusive design, universal design, user experience design, and user-centred design.

Proof of English proficiency is also required.

Programme content and structure

2. year

Part-time or full-time.

Full-time 2 years
Part time 4 years
Full-time 2 years

3. semester10 credits
Master’s Thesis, MT2
Part time 4 years

4. year

Part time 4 years
Part time 4 years

7. semester10 credits
Master’s Thesis, MT3

Programme information


Master Programme in Universal Design of ICT August 120 2 years (full-time), 4 years (part-time) Pilestredet, Oslo English This programme has no tuition fees. A semester fee of NOK 860 (approx. EUR 90) is payable each semester.

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Contact us

Academic coordinators: Norun Christine Sanderson and Terje Gjøsæter
Administrative coordinator:  Section for Academic Affairs 

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Career opportunities

The Master's programme produces qualified ICT professionals for software development, consulting companies, and innovative businesses within universally designed ICT solutions; e.g. web applications, work applications, mobile services, consumer electronics or electronic self-service machines.

More about career opportunities

Norway, like many other countries is increasingly introducing legal requirements for greater accessibility to ensure equal access to participation in society and the workforce for people with impairments. This leads in turn to a growing need for skilled professionals who can ensure that ICT infrastructure meets these accessibility requirements.

The master’s programme in Universal Design of ICT forms the basis for further education at Ph.D. level.

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