Admission to the 4th year (Masterlevel)

Applicants that hold minimum a Bachelor degree of Architecture from another school, may apply for admission to start from the 4. year at BAS, with the intention to complete the master degree in architecture here. Deadline for applying is 15. April.

Admission to the 4th year (Master level)

Applicants that hold minimum a Bachelor degree of Architecture from another school, may apply for admission to start from the 4. year at BAS, with the intention to complete the master degree in architecture.
The main exam/Diploma is included in the last term in the 5th year, and counts 5 months.
Passing the Diploma gives the right to the academic title Master in Architecture. Please note that we offer a professional degree, we do not issue Bachelor degrees after 3 years.

NB! Please note that it is architectural training only that is qualifying for applying at BAS. Please consult if you are in doubt about your eligibility for admission.
The 4th and 5th year at BAS are always taught in English.


ONLINE SUBMISSION only via Questback.  The portal will open in January. 

Deadline  15. April by Midnight.  Applications that arrive after this date will not be considered.

Fill out the online application form,
Upload authorized copies of your academic records
Upload documentation of English skills or tick box for declaring that English is your mother tongue.
Upload your portfolio (max 5MB), or tick the box and comment in which other way it will be delivered digitally.(max. 10MB) Please state if it is via Wetransfer, issu, link to dropbox folder etc.  (must be easy for BAS to access) We do not want paperback versions of portfolios.
Upload a photo of yourself.

Your portfolio is a very important part of your application. The portfolio should contain your school projects, but may also include other architectural and artistic projects to show your skills and interest.

An admission committee will evaluate all the applicants; we accept approximately 10 students to 4th year admission. Some years the number of students accepted may be lower or higher due to various capacity in the school building.

NB! We will most likely carry out a skype/telephone interview with candidates that do not have English as their first language.


The two last years will consist of the following:

- 3 semester courses (integrated course package that includes architecture, design, art, theory and construction. A master course at BAS is not split into minor course units, one semester will give credit of 30 ECTS, for one full year 60 ECTS.
- Plus 1 semester diploma thesis, concluded with an exam for external assessors. Self-programmed project with tutorials and reviews offered from the school. This project will be evaluated by external assessors during the diploma exam.

This gives you a total of 120 ECTS when completing your diploma exam. You will then be given a diploma from BAS which gives you the title Master of Architecture. Please note that this is a regular Master, not PhD.

We have semester courses in the following categories:

• Restructuring of urban settlement
• Restructuring of rural settlement
• Complex building
• Architect in another culture
• Construction where architectonical projecting/design is the foundation
• Exchange study: 1 semester exchange will be possible for external applicants.
• Other


The regulations at BAS are the following:
You need a minimum of Bachelor level before applying at BAS. This will be recognized as the first three years of study at BAS.

You must pass 3 semester courses before you start your diploma semester.

You will have 2 attempts only to take your diploma exam.

BAS does not have other grades than PASS / FAIL.  If you fail one semester course, you must take a complete new course the next semester.

Please note that it is a full time study, and you will pay regular tuition fee  per semester,  at the time NOK 17.010,-, plus a fee to the Students Welfare Organisation in Bergen of NOK 570,-, plus a smaller copyright fee of NOK 250,-.
Tuition fee paid in due time is requirement in order to continue to the next semester.

BAS does not have any scholarships available.

You must take full responsibility of your own situation, both practically, financially and of your own study situation. BAS will offer the same conditions for the architectural training as for the other regular students at BAS, and with the same level of demands and requirements.


The school year: The exact dates will be confirmed once you are admitted to BAS:

The autumn semester will always start Mid-August, last day before Christmas is always around December 20th.

We start again around 4th of January. The spring term is concluded end of May or during the first week of June.

Your last diploma semester is concluded with an examination 27.-30. June. Followed by a public exhibition and celebration in August the same year.

Governmental / formal regulations

In case you are admitted to BAS, please note the following for foreign citizens:

Important – you must apply for a residence permit for students in order to study in Norway.

Check out the UDI pages for more information.

This must in most cases be done from your country of origin.

As soon as you are accepted at BAS, we will send you a letter of admission. 

For the residence permit, it is also required that you have documentation of housing. BAS is not able to provide accommodation for you, but we may assist you in reserving student housing through the Students Welfare Organization in Bergen. (Sammen)  Have a look at the Sammen pages for more information. More information about this will follow once you are admitted to BAS.

Please note that it is your own responsibility to find accommodation.

In addition, you must provide Documentation of subsistence

You must be ensured subsistence for the period to which the application relates. You must have financial means equivalent to full funding by the State Educational Loan Fund at the current rate. For the academic year 2018-19 this amounts to NOK 116.369,-. The tuition fee will come in addition to the above-mentioned subsistence requirement. (NOK 35.020,-for one year)  (If your only way is to deposit the amount in a Norwegian bank account, BAS will have an bank account for this purpose).

Here you can download a general information folder about BAS.


Yours Sincerely,
Bergen School of Architecture, BAS
Siv Gjerde Aardal
Head of Student Affairs
phone. + 47 5536 3880 / e-mail: