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Institutional categories

Norway has three categories of accredited institutions that differ in terms of their authority to establish new study programmes.
  • University
  • Specialised university institution
  • University college

Educational institutions without institutional accreditation that offer study programmes accredited as higher education can also call themselves university colleges.

Authorisation

The categories of institutions describe whether they are authorised to establish new study programmes without having to apply to NOKUT for accreditation. This can be illustrated as follows:

Authority to establish
new study programmes
University University college* Unaccredited
university colleges
First degree programmes
Master's degree programmes
PhD programmes

The grey boxes show the study programmes that an institution can establish. The red boxes show the study programmes for which an institution has to apply to NOKUT for accreditation.

University colleges without institutional accreditation must apply to NOKUT in connection with all new programmes, accredited university colleges must apply to establish master's and PhD programmes, while universities have self-accreditation authorisation to establish study programmes at all levels.

* Specialised university institutions have the right to establish study programmes at all levels in fields in which they have been granted the right to award doctorates. For other fields, the same rules apply as for accredited university colleges.


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