Master i systems engineering – Part time

Master i 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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Why study Systems Engineering?

Systems engineering is a recognized method of developing systems in the car and oil industries, and in computing, networking, communications and research and development. With a master's degree in Systems Engineering, you will be qualified to participate in and lead the development of large complex products and systems that require the involvement of many disciplines.

The master’s degree in Systems Engineering is a unique engineering programme in Norway, partly because of its close collaboration with international and leading Norwegian companies. The 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 do not have a job, you can take the Master in Systems Engineering as a three-year full-time programme. You will then have a temporary paid part-time job in a company, in parallel to your studies. It is also possible to take Systems Engineering as single courses.

What you will learn

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

The master’s programme consists of systems engineering courses and elective courses. The area you choose to specialize in will depend on your professional background, your current job, what your employer needs and what jobs you might like to do in the future.

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. 

How is the programme organized?

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 classes are 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 therefore set aside time for work on 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 available for you to work on your master project.

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


Each course costs NOK 20 000, which includes:

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

The Master Project course, worth 30 ECTS, costs NOK 35 000. If you want to take a module without an examination, it will cost NOK 15 000 per course. This includes everything except supervision and the examination fees. But please remember: in order to obtain credits, you must submit and pass 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 20 000 (NOK 15 000 for sit-in-course without an exam). Master Project (30ECTS) costs NOK 35 000
  • Admission requirements Read prerequisite requirements


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