Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS) is a Specialized University. NSSS holds a national responsibility to provide higher education and scientific research in its corresponding fields.

The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences offers opportunities to study at the Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral level.
There are currently 1300 full-time and part-time students at NSSS.

The education is of high international quality and gives the students competence that is relevant for society and stimulates personal development. The requirements for admission to first year are a university admission certification or approved practical experience together with passing a physical examination. First year is the basis year and is common for all the Bachelor courses.

The School subsequently offers seven Bachelor courses with the following specializations:
  • Physical activity and health
  • Coaching
  • Sport management
  • Sport, individual and society
  • Physical education – teacher education
  • Outdoor recreation/nature
  • Sport biology
The courses can be continued at the Masters level where the students have a range of different study modules from which to choose.

The school’s 3-year PhD programme is a continuation from a Masters degree in sport science. Other relevant Master studies can in some cases be approved as a basis for admission to the programme.

About half of the students at NSSS are part-time students. The part-time courses consist of modules within outdoor education, physical education, fitness and  sport management and shooting. A series of short courses and seminars are also arranged, often in association with other research environments or with sports foundations or sporting organizations.

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences has a goal of increasing its offer to international students. Many students at the school choose to undertake part of their education in institutions outside Norway.

In addition, there are foreign students at NSSS. These students are primarily organized under international exchange programmes such as Nordplus or Erasmus.
The School has an Erasmus agreement with Universities in the Nordic countries, Belgium, France, Greece, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic. The students also have the opportunity to study in Canada and USA.

NSSS has entered into a collaboration agreement with University of California Berkeley, USA that facilitates research visits for its doctoral students and faculty.
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences faculty has a broad international network of research collaborators. In 2004, NSSS employees published 74 articles in international refereed journals, 28 chapters in international research-based books, and contributed 235 papers to international conferences. In 2009, the school will arrange the conference of the European College of Sport Science.

Research and Development
In 2004, 12 new doctoral students were admitted to the PhD program. Fall 2004, the NSSS had a total of 45 doctoral students. During the year, 8 doctoral students successfully defended their thesis and three candidates delivered their thesis for evaluation but had yet to defend prior to year’s end.