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Systems Engineering (Industry Master)

Kongsberg - Part time

This is a unique opportunity to work in a high-tech company while studying. You will be able to grow into the role of an engineer and become equipped to meet industry’s needs for efficiency and improved working methods. This master program is only open for the Nordic applicants. Applicants from other countries living in Norway with a Norwegian ID-number and BankID may apply, but please notice that the industry master doesn't qualify for a studentvisa.

  • Closing dates: Expired

Study facts

  • Campus: Kongsberg
  • Study level: Master's degree
  • Progression of study: Part time
  • Start up: Autumn 2024
  • Teaching model: Session-based
  • Credits: 120
  • Closing dates: Expired
  • Application code: 7113
  • Semesters: 6
  • Teaching Language: English
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Why study Systems Engineering?

This programme is designed for people who have just completed a bachelor’s degree programme and do not have a job. You will have a temporary paid part-time job in a company, in parallel to your studies. 

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.

If you are already working as an engineer, you can also choose Systems Engineering (part-time) or you can take a single courses in Systems Engineering.

Where will I work?

You will be attractive to potential employers because of your extensive work experience combined with an interdisciplinary master’s degree. The students on this programme will be well-prepared for positions as project leaders.    

Working in a company

The students on this programme work 50% as engineers in relevant companies on the same terms as permanent employees.  

We have an ever-expanding portfolio of national and international high-tech companies which employ our students.

Partners for Systems Engineering

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 subjects and elective subjects. 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 student

Further education

With an MSc in Systems Engineering you can apply to study one of our PhD programmes within:

Admission is granted by the 'programstyret' for each individual PhD program based on an individual evaluation. For more information regarding admission please see the University PhD Handbook.

We can offer research training with supervisors from Systems Engineering, and in collaboration with leading Systems Engineering institutions such as Stevens Institute of Tecnology and the University of Twente. Our current research includes Systems Engineering, Systems Architecture, Engineering Communication, Logistics, Security and Reliability, Design Thinking and Human Centric Design. We use the industry as a laboratory as a research method, and collaborate with a number of industries including transport, maritime, defense, subsea, energy, MedTech and materials.

We also encourage professionals with special interest in Systems Engineering to start a business PhD. This is a PhD degree where the candidate is employed in a company and where research has a clear relevance to the company.

Norwegian Institute for Systems Engineering (NISE)

NISE was established through the joint efforts of the Norwegian Centre of Expertise in Systems Engineering (NCE SE) and USN. NISE now forms part of the Department of Science and Industrial Systems at Campus Kongsberg. The main task of NISE is to enhance technical collaboration between research institutions and the technology companies in NCE SE.

By collaborating with leading research and development environments and Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), NISE offers top-level expertise in systems engineering. SIT has been the model for the establishment of NISE since 2006. Some SIT professors have part-time teaching and research duties at NISE.

All instruction is in the form of intensive teaching sessions. The systems engineering subjects have one week of intensive instruction followed by ten weeks for working on a project assignment. Some of the elective subjects will have 3 x 3 days of instruction. In addition to attending the intensive sessions, you must set aside time for work on project assignments.

Your master’s thesis will be linked to development projects in the company where you are employed or have your placement. Six months of the programme will be available for you to work on your master project. You will have supervisors from both industry and USN.

Admission, start and summer job

Please remember to fill in this online form. In order to be admitted to the full-time programme, you must apply via the application system “søknadsweb” (use the search button during the application period).

The programme will commence in early August. If you are offered a place on the Industry Master’s Programme, you may also be able to take a summer job, which will normally start in June.

Get international experience

You can take parts of Systems Engineering abroad. Studying or taking an internship abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international competence, language skills, personal qualities and adaptability. It can also make you more attractive in the job market. We have agreements with foreign universities, colleges and internships adapted to your studies.

Study Plan

A study plan describes the content, structure and organization of a study programme. To each study plan there is a set of course plans that describe the different courses. In the course plan you will also find a reading list. Below you will find a study model that shows you which courses that are taught in each term. In the study model you'll also find links to each course plan.

Study plan for 2024 autumn

Admission requirements

Completed and passed bachelor's degree in engineering, natural sciences, or equivalent. Other natural science and/or technological bachelor's degrees may also qualify, provided they include at least 20 credits in mathematics and/or statistics or physics.

For all applicants, the following are also required:

  • You must meet the language requirements in English.
  • Applicants must have a job offer from a relevant company that fits into the industrial master's program. USN arranges company placements through its partner companies. You can also apply with your own workplace, but for admission, the company you work for must enter into a partnership agreement with USN.

Documentation requirements for admission to the industrial master:

  • You must upload your diploma and transcript of records to the application web portal (even if you are a student at USN), so that we can forward your documents to our partners before the interview rounds.
  • CV to be uploaded on the application web portal.
  • You must also fill out this online form.

Other important information: 

  • Applicants who are academically qualified will receive an invitation with a link to complete an asynchronous video interview where they will be asked questions about the following competencies: 
    • Motivation
    • Personal attributes
    • Ambitions

One question will be posed for each competency (a total of 3 questions), allowing 1-1,5 minutes to answer each question. Applicants are expected to articulate their motivation, personal attributes, and ambitions. 

Following this, selected applicants will be invited to participate in interview rounds or other recruitment processes with relevant companies. 


  • This master program is only open for the Nordic applicants. Applicants from other countries living in Norway with a Norwegian IDnumber and BankID may apply, but please notice that the industry master doesn't qualify for a studentvisa.

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