Master in Systems Engineering – Part time

Master in Systems Engineering – Part time

Meet tomorrow’s challenges with a master’s degree in Systems Engineering. This programme is ideal for you if you are already an engineer.

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Autumn 2019

Why study Systems Engineering?

Systems engineering is a recognized method of developing systems in the motor and oil industries,  computing, networking, communications and R&D. A master's degree in Systems Engineering will qualify you to  participate in and manage the development of  complex products and interdisciplinary systems .

The master’s degree in Systems Engineering is a unique engineering programme in Norway, due to  its close collaboration with both international and leading Norwegian companies. This master's degree programme is part of the knowledge project of the Norwegian Centre of Expertise in Systems Engineering (NCE-SE). It is also one of the technology pilot programmes of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO). The local industries made USN Kongsberg a natural choice for the pilot project.

If you have just completed a bachelor’s degree programme and have not yet secured a job, you can take the Master in Systems Engineering as a three-year full-time programme. You will then be provided with a temporary  part-time job in a company,  concurrent with your studies. Systems Engineering can also be taken as single courses.

What you will learn

Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary master’s degree programme that focuses on how to design and manage complex  systems throughout the life cycle of products. Systems engineering is the ultimate tool for the rapid conversion of knowledge into competitive products and services.

This master’s programme consists of systems engineering courses and elective courses. Your choice of specialization subjects will depend on your professional background, current job, employer’s demands and your prospective career.

You can choose to specialize in the following areas: Systems Engineering, Subsea Engineering, Embedded Systems, Business and Management, Industrial Domain and Product Development. Other specializations at other colleges or universities are also possible for our students. 

Structure of the programme

This programme is designed for people who already have a job and want to take a master’s degree while working.
You can decide the pace yourself. We are not concerned with any agreement you may have reached with your employer about classes, studying and assignments. It is sufficient that you attend classes and submit assignments on time.

All tuitionis arranged as intensive sessions. The systems engineering subjects consist of one week of intensive instruction, followed by ten weeks for working on a project assignment. In addition to attending the intensive sessions, you must  set aside time for completing project assignments.  

The master thesis will be linked to development projects in the company where you work. At least six months of the programme will be allocated to you for completing  your master’s project.

This part-time programme is worth 90 credits. It consists of four mandatory subjects, four elective subjects and one master thesis.


With a master degree consisting of 90 credits does not qualify you to further study at PhD level. PhD study requires a Master degree consisting of 120 credits.

The Part Time master in Systems Engineering will give you the title: Master in Systems Engineering (Experience-based).


Each course costs NOK 21 000, which includes:

  • Registration and supervision
  • Textbooks
  • Examination fees
  • Lunch and coffee breaks

The Master Project course, worth 30 ECTS, costs NOK 37 000. If you want to take a module without an examination, it will cost NOK 16 000 per course. This fee includes everything except supervision and the examination fees. NB.  In order to be awarded credits you must submit and pass the written assignment.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering with a cumulative grade point average of C or above.
  • At least two years’ relevant work experience


Please submit a transcript of your grades and relevant certificates with your application. For the part-time programme, please apply via the application system “EVU søknadsweb”.

Study facts

Part time – Kongsberg

  • Teaching Language: Engelsk
  • Semesters: 8
  • Charge NOK 21 000 (NOK 16 000 for sit-in-course without an exam). Master Project (30ECTS) costs NOK 37 000
  • Admission requirements Read prerequisite requirements


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