University College of Southeast Norway

Introduction

About USN

  • The University College of Southeast Norway (USN) is the country’s second largest state-owned university college, measured in the total number of students, and larger than several of Norway’s universities.
  • USN is headed by Rector Petter Aasen.
  • The rector reports to USN's Board, which is chaired by Professor Rune Nilsen.
  • We have around 18,000 students and 1,500 staff, spread over eight campuses: Drammen, Vestfold, Kongsberg, Ringerike, Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland.
  • The University College of Southeast Norway aims to have a regional foundation, and with eight campuses, we have a strong and clear presence in one of Norway’s most exciting and dynamic regions.
  • The University College of Southeast Norway was established on 1 January 2016, when Buskerud and Vestfold University College merged with Telemark University College.
  • The University College of Southeast Norway is an accredited higher education institution.
  • The controlling authority for higher education institutions in Norway is NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education).

Organization

The University College of Southeast-Norway (USN) was established on the 1st of january 2016, as a merger between The University College of Buskerud and Vestfold (HBV) and The University College of Telemark (HiT).

USN has eight campuses spread throughout the counties of Buskerud, Vestfold and Telemark.

Campuses
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  • Norwegian

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Master

Joint master in Alpine Ecology

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Bodø

Alpine ecology is an academic field focusing on how abiotic and biotic factors affect the distribution and dynamics of species and populations in alpine environments. [+]

Joint master in Alpine Ecology Alpine ecology is an academic field focusing on how abiotic and biotic factors affect the distribution and dynamics of species and populations in alpine environments. Why Alpine Ecology? The study will provide students with a better and broader understanding of present and future challenges and threats that alpine environments are facing. Through lectures and fieldwork/laboratory exercises students will acquire the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to initiate sustainable management and conservation strategies in alpine areas, and to do so in accordance with ethical and scientific guidelines. The ecology and management practices of alpine ecosystems in Norway (boreal) and Slovakia (temperate) will be highlighted. The study program consists of various courses comprising in total 60 ECTS and a Master’s thesis (60 ECTS). Teaching is largely based on one-week modules, and laboratory and field-oriented teaching. It provides a flexible study program, and places high demands on student’s ability to work independently. Combining theory and practice is central throughout the program. This will provide students with necessary theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience required for employment or further studies. The Master thesis is based on independent study under the supervision of Professors. Further study opportunities Students who graduate from this program can move on to PhD programs in environmental science, ecology and similar fields of research. [-]

Master in Micro and Nano Systems Technology

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Rauland Porsgrunn Bodø Drammen + 3 more

The most spectacular technology is happening at the micro and nano level and you can become an expert of this state of the art technology. We offer you a master's degree program within Micro and Nano Systems Technology, which will open doors to exciting jobs in many different branches. [+]

Master in Micro and Nano Systems Technology The most spectacular technology is happening at the micro and nano level and you can become an expert of this state of the art technology. We offer you a master's degree program within Micro and Nano Systems Technology, which will open doors to exciting jobs in many different branches. The master's degree in Micro and Nano Systems Technology is a two-year study program that is interdisciplinary with elements from electronics, mechanics, physics, chemistry, mathematics, modeling, and process technology. The aim of the study is to qualify successful candidates for a working environment in the diverse Micro and Nano Systems Technology; in industry as well as in academia, research institutions and governmental agencies. The studies cover the entire production chain, including design, manufacturing and characterization of micro and nano systems. Why study Micro- and Nano Systems Technology? The program is unique, exciting and practically oriented and is an excellent offer for those who already have a bachelor's degree in engineering or science. The basis of the study program is the corresponding research community at USN, that constitutes one of the three intellectual junctions for Norway’s efforts in micro- and nanotechnology, with extended collaboration with industry, academia and research institutions; regionally, nationally and internationally. We have good laboratory facilities and spacious, clean rooms, as well as established collaboration with industries that focus on research and development. Where can I work? Typical jobs: Within companies developing and producing microelectronic and micro- and nanosystems: Product development Production technology development Production management Quality management Project leader Within companies working with micro- and nanotechnology: Business development Marketing and sales Project leader Research and development Technical consultation At universities or research institutions: PhD Collaboration with the industry During the study there is several visits to electronics and microtechnology companies in the Horten area and experts from the industry are invited guest lecturers on selected topics. USN is working closely with companies and research institutes and has at all times various research projects on-going. The final project in your study is carried out in this research collaboration and several students are also offered summer job in companies. Take parts of your study abroad Micro- and nanotechnology is an international field of research. The master's degree program has an international character, with students and teachers that come from many countries. We collaborate with research communities both within Norway and abroad (Europe, USA and Asia). The collaborating institutions include, among others, Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC) at the University of California at Berkeley (USA), Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK), Xiamen University (China). This makes it possible for you, as a master's degree student, to take parts of the study program at this world-leading centre within micro- and nanotechnology. Post degree studies The graduate students will achieve a sound foundation for further doctoral degree studies (PhD) at USN or at other universities anywhere in the world. [-]

Master in Systems Engineering

Campus Full time Part time 6 semesters January 2017 Norway Drammen Porsgrunn Rauland Bodø + 4 more

The Master program in Systems Engineering at NISE is a unique program in Norway due to the close and committed collaboration with international and leading high-technology companies. [+]

Master in Systems Engineering The Master program in Systems Engineering at NISE is a unique program in Norway due to the close and committed collaboration with international and leading high-technology companies. We collaborate with our industry partners and offer internships in a variety of businesses! You can also study the Master's program in Systems Engineering part time if you already work in a company or you can study single courses (with or without study points) if you are interested in learning more about Systems Engineering and Subsea. This is Systems Engineering Systems Engineering is a recognized method for developing systems in the automotive and oil industry, in computing, networking, communication and R&D. With a Master's Degree in Systems Engineering you will be eligible to participate in and lead the development of large complex products and systems that require involvement of many disciplines. Norwegian Institute for Systems Engineering (NISE) Was established by the joint efforts of Norwegian Center of Expertise-System Engineering (NCE SE) and Buskerud University College (from 2016 University College of Southeast-Norway). NISE is organized as a department within the Faculty of Technology in Kongsberg. NISE’s most important task is to contribute to enhancing the technical collaboration between research institutions and the technology companies in NCE SE. By collaborating with the leading international research and development (R&D) university - Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT), NISE offers the expert knowledge in Systems Engineering associated with important technology disciplines such as materials, mechatronics, requirements management and industrial domains especially in Subsea. SIT has been the model for establishing NISE with USN since 2006. Some SIT professors have part-time teaching and research obligations with NISE. What type of job will I get You will be attractive on the labor market with a master's degree in Systems Engineering. Since the program is a partnership between the University College and a number of high - technology companies, job opportunities are good and many of our students continue to work in the same company as they work through the program. As you study, you will work as an engineer within the discipline of your bachelor's degree. Throughout this program you will acquire knowledge on how to manage small and / or large complex systems - 'you will get a global view!' This is what you will learn The Master Program in Systems Engineering consists of both mandatory and elective courses. Take a look at the study plan for an overview of the courses studied during the different semesters. Mandatory courses: SEFS 6102 Fundamentals in Systems Engineering SEAD 6102 System Architecture and Design SEPM 6102 Project Management for Complex Systems SESI 6201 Systems Integration Elective courses In addition to the mandatory courses in Systems Engineering, you will specialize in a subject area through a choice of elective courses. The subject you choose to specialize in depends on your current area of expertise, your current job, the needs of your employer and your future plans. These areas are available for specialization: Control and Signal Processing Product Development Embedded Systems Systems Engineering Subsea Engineering Study part of your degree abroad The University College has an agreement with Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) i New Jersey, USA and most of our full time students choose to study 4th semester there. SIT offer most of their masters courses as intensive courses meaning you can travel New Jersey for a shorter period before returning home to work on the assesment. [-]

Master in Systems Engineering with Embedded Systems

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Rauland Porsgrunn Bodø Drammen + 3 more

Systems Engineering is a widely recognized method for developing systems in industries such as automotive and oil, computers, network, communication, research and development. [+]

Master in Systems Engineering with Embedded Systems Systems Engineering is a widely recognized method for developing systems in industries such as automotive and oil, computers, network, communication, research and development. What is Systems Engineering Complex industry-projects require the participation from several professions. It is of paramount importance that all participants in such projects are using the same methodology, that they use a common language that everyone understands. Systems Engineering is an area of expertise where knowledge about how to develop complex products in the best way is gathered and developed. Methodology and systems thinking that puts us in position to master the complexity that is required to create good, reliable and safe products that the market is requesting will in the future be of vital importance for modern industrial production. Therefore, we have a desire to increase our capability to create new, advanced products that are within the requirements for functionality, reliability, safety and in the future also a long string of ever more important environmental requirements. What is Embedded Systems Most advanced industrial products today contain an increasing amount of computational power. This development of built-in computational power is what is called Embedded Systems. A common misunderstanding is that data power (computers) only exists in PC's. This is far from true. Computers come in a rich variety of types and sizes, and are often built into modern products to improve and expand the usefulness of the products for the humans that are using them. The complexity also is expanding as we are putting higher demands on the systems. This reality is what we wish to prepare our students for in our master program. A prime example of a product with steady increase in functionality is the automobile. Today we can find 25-30 computers in an ordinary car. The more advanced and expensive cars can have far more. All these computers need to be programmed and linked with the mechanical and electrical systems of the car. The list of functions keeps increasing as new cars are put on the market. Embedded systems is dealing with supplying the computational power that is needed, and ensuring that the equipment works as intended. About the program This program is a 2-year full time program. While USN have other master programs that include part time employment in local industry, this is not a part of the program in Systems Engineering with Embedded Systems. We do however have close cooperation with local industry in the Kongsberg area. In their last semester, our students have the opportunity to do their master thesis in cooperation with our industrial partners. Systems Engineering with Embedded Systems has in-depth courses in Embedded Systems and will also have a minor in Systems Engineering. This means that the students will be enabled to develop hardware and software based applications and understands how these will work in a Systems Engineering context. A unique master This 2-year program is unique, also in international context. Project work is used extensively through the program. The lectures and also all literature are in English, something that has led to an increasing interest from international students. [-]

Master of Environmental Science

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Bodø

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, (including but not limited to Ecology, Chemistry, Biology, Soil Science, Water, Geology and Atmospheric Science) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. [+]

Master of Environmental Science Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, (including but not limited to Ecology, Chemistry, Biology, Soil Science, Water, Geology and Atmospheric Science) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. About the degree Environmental science provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems. Emphasis will be placed on how and why different management strategies can contribute to sustainable use, conservation / protection and the recovery of natural and environmental resources. The study program is research and management oriented and provides thorough experience of laboratory and fieldwork. The study program consists of various courses comprising in total 60 ECTS and a Master’s thesis (60 ECTS). The teaching is largely based on one-week modules, and laboratory and field-oriented teaching. It provides a flexible study program, and places high demands on students’ ability to work independently. Combining theory and practice is central throughout the program. This will provide the students with necessary theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience required to be prepared for employment or further studies. The Master thesis is based on independent study under the supervision of Professors. Careers Further study opportunities are PhD programmes in environmental science, ecology and similar fields of research. [-]

Master of Maritime Management

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Drammen Porsgrunn Rauland Bodø + 3 more

The master program is intended for students aiming towards management positions within the maritime community. The maritime industry is a highly international and globalized industry with a lot of challenges and opportunities. [+]

Master of Maritime Management The master program is intended for students aiming towards management positions within the maritime community. The maritime industry is a highly international and globalized industry with a lot of challenges and opportunities. This is Maritime Management Norway, as one of the world’s largest, most innovative and knowledge based shipping nations, has one of the most complete maritime business sectors in the world, the so-called Norwegian Maritime Cluster. This cluster forms the basis for unique maritime competence and high potential for further innovations. Welcome to a unique study program in the most exciting maritime cluster in the World. Why Maritime Management? The Master of Science in Maritime Management program offers two alternative specializations, one technical and one commercial. The program is focused on important subjects within the context of the maritime industry. Some courses are addressing subjects which are fully maritime business related. Other courses are more generic in character. To some degree learning of management and leadership skills are addressed as specific topics. However, highest priority is given for the candidates to acquire a broad basis of knowledge and understanding of the important basic subjects as relevant for the maritime industry. What kind of job will you get? The industry, both in Norway and internationally, offers a great variety of jobs for candidates with a master degree in maritime management. The graduate candidates from the management program will be attractive for a wide range of companies such as shipowners, commercial management companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, shipping brokers, transportation and logistics companies, maritime equipment suppliers, shipbuilding and repair companies, engineering and contractor companies. We will teach you Commercial specialization courses: Accounting and Financial Management Supply Chain Management Maritime Law Technical specialization courses: Ship Structures Maritime Machinery Electro, Automation and Telecommunication. Maritime industry related courses (common for commercial and technical branches): Ship Operations Ship Design Maritime Economics Strategy Analysis and Management Management of Building Projects Methods related courses (common for commercial and technical branches): Research Methods Organization and Leadership Development and Innovation Projects. Collaboration with the industry The Master of Maritime Management is a master program that was ordered from the maritime industry through a national program for maritime education and research. The industry was very active in developing the program and is still active participants as Professor IIs, guest lectures, company and yard visits and as supervisors. Also most master thesis is written in connection with industrial partners. Study abroad It is possible to include study abroad on the master program. However, this must be agreed with, and preapproved by, the faculty on an individual basis. Further education The graduate students will achieve a sound foundation for further doctoral degree studies (PhD) at universities all over the world. [-]

MSc

Joint International Master in Smart Systems Integration

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Bodø Drammen Porsgrunn Rauland + 3 more

This master degree is a joint master between Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK), University College of Southeast-Norway (Norway) and Budapest University og Technology and Economics (Hungary). [+]

Joint International Master in Smart Systems Integration This master degree is a joint master between Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK), University College of Southeast-Norway (Norway) and Budapest University og Technology and Economics (Hungary). USN together with Heriot-Watt University and Budapest University of Technology and Economics offers a joint master`s degree in microsystems and micro electronics. Smart Systems Integration (SSI) has been developed to meet the present and future needs in manpower from the increasingly industry relevant area of MicroSystems Technology (MST). These systems, such as airbag crash sensors, inkjet printer heads, lab-on-a chip systems and smart phones function through the integration of electronic processing with biological, mechanical or optical functions. You will study one semester at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, one semester at USN, Campus Vestfold, and one semester at Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. The fourth semester the students will be split on the differents schools to finish their Master Thesis. International non-EU students will be eligible for full funding (tuition fees wherever relevant and living expenses, a sum of 47.500 €) and European Union students will be eligible for partial funding (tuition fees wherever relevant and living expenses, a sum of 20.000 €) for this two-year Masters Programme. [-]

Master of Science, Electrical Power Engineering

Campus Full time 2 semesters January 2017 Norway Porsgrunn

Do you want to explore the technology behind sustainable energy solutions, as well as how to regulate energy supply that is based on hydro power? Become an expert in hydro power and power supply! [+]

Master of Science, Electrical Power Engineering Do you want to explore the technology behind sustainable energy solutions, as well as how to regulate energy supply that is based on hydro power? Become an expert in hydro power and power supply! Sustainable energy use in the future requires greater focus on electricity as energy carrier. Our master program is anchored in hydro power, which is the most effective form of renewable energy. Hydro power is also easy to regulate, which means that the social value of hydro power is higher than that of many other power sources. Considerable challenges have arisen in the further development of the power system in Norway and elsewhere through the introduction of greater amounts of unregulated energy production, such as small-scale production of hydro, wind and solar power. The various subjects of this master program will together provide a good overview over how electrical power systems are constructed and operated. The necessary design requirements for equipment and quality control (voltage quality) of the general energy supply are included in the studies. Central topics of the program deal with control technology to ensure safe operations of a power system and to deliver the required quality of power supply. The academic content is balanced to allow the candidates to work on both operating and rehabilitating/renewing existing systems, as well as developing Smart Grid and similar solutions so that business can run in a “socially responsible way”. Where can I work? With a master’s degree in Electrical Power Engineering you can work in power production, power transmission and distribution, larger industrial enterprises, supply industry for electric equipment and in consulting engineering. Would you like to continue your studies within electrical power technology? With a master’s degree you are also qualified for teaching as well as PhD-studies in Norway and abroad. [-]

Master of Science, Industrial IT and Automation

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Porsgrunn

What are the opportunities offered by cybernetics, and how can information from physical systems be utilized in a computer system? Become an expert in industrial IT and automation, and get an education that is both applicable and in demand! [+]

Master of Science, Industrial IT and Automation What are the opportunities offered by cybernetics, and how can information from physical systems be utilized in a computer system? Become an expert in industrial IT and automation, and get an education that is both applicable and in demand! Facts about the programme The master programme in Industrial IT and Automation provides a broad knowledge in monitoring, control and optimization of all types of technical and industrial systems based on cybernetic methods and computer engineering. You will learn how to develop and apply mechanistic (physics-based) and statistical mathematical models for monitoring and control. You will learn to collect measurement data from sensors, store these in process databases, and to program algorithms for the analysis of measurement data and calculation of control signals. Key programming tools are MATLAB, Python, LabVIEW, and various object-oriented languages. The master programme in Industrial IT and Automation introduces new technologies, as IoT (Internet of Things) and Industry 4.0, and focuses on open standards. We are working closely with industry on student projects and master theses. You will learn about: Sensors and measurement systems Data analysis Computer program design and programming System design Automation systems Mathematical modeling and simulation Control algorithms Advanced control, including model-based predictive control (MPC) The program is taught in English and students come from many different countries. The study environment is student-friendly, with good facilities and good contact with teachers. You can conduct the study as a fulltime student on campus or as a part-time student online. Career With a MSc degree in Industrial IT and Automation, you will get an education that is never outdated, and that qualifies for work in most areas of the private and public sectors. After graduation you can work with the development of cybernetic systems in fields such as manufacturing, process industry, energy systems, vehicle control, building automation, or in the oil and gas industry. The master's degree is also eligible for doctoral studies at the University of Southeast Norway or at other universities and colleges in Norway and abroad. [-]

Master of Science, Process Technology

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Porsgrunn

This programme provides a broad insight into the design of process plants, industrial flow processes, applied thermodynamics, process synthesis and separation technology. [+]

Master of Science, Process Technology About the degree Content: This programme provides a broad insight into the design of process plants, industrial flow processes, applied thermodynamics, process synthesis and separation technology. The programme utilises experimental equipment, advanced mathematical modelling and powerful computer equipment. The programme is concluded with an individual thesis (30 ECTS) based on research. The topic of the thesis is often one which has current relevance to today’s industry. Year 1 FM1006 Modeling and Simulation of Dynamic Systems 10 ECTS PEF1006 Thermodynamics 10 ECTS PEF1110 Transport Processes 10 ECTS PEF2106 Combustion and Process Safety 10 ECTS PEF2006 Gas Purification and Energy Optimization 10 ECTS PT2006 Process Technology and Equipment 10 ECTS Year 2 FM3110 Project Management and Cost Engineering 5 ECTS PEF3006 Process Control 5 ECTS SCE4006 Project 10 ECTS PT3110 Computional Fluid Dynamics (CFD) 5 ECTS Elective 5 ECTS FMH606 Master's Thesis 30 ECTS Teaching and learning methods: The programme is taught in English (international students are enrolled in this programme). Careers Employment may be found in businesses and companies that design and operate industrial processing and process installations, both inland and in the offshore industry. This programme also provides qualification for admission to doctoral studies at Telemark University College or at other university colleges and universities in Norway and abroad. [-]

MSc in Human Rights and Multiculturalism

Campus Full time 4 semesters January 2017 Norway Drammen

In combining the areas of human rights and multiculturalism, this MSc is unique in Europe. [+]

MSc in Human Rights and Multiculturalism In combining the areas of human rights and multiculturalism, this MSc is unique in Europe. This is Human Rights and Multiculturalism This is an interdisciplinary program focusing on human rights and culture at local, national, regional and international levels. The program is designed to accommodate students with degrees in different academic disciplines. It is also a post graduate degree course in teacher education. Because human rights knowledge and awareness of the public issues are crucial elements in the realization of human rights, the study of human rights education and human rights in professional practice are important elements in the program. Why Human Rights and Multiculturalism? The MSc in Human Rights and Multiculturalism offers an interdisciplinary higher education in human rights and multiculturalism for teachers with specialisation within the social sciences and others with a Bachelor degree containing at least 90 ECTS studies within the social sciences. The student will attain analytical skills in issues related to human rights and multiculturalism both at the micro- and macro-levels, applying methods ranging from social science research to education and hermeneutics. The program pursues an interdisciplinary approach to Human Rights and Multiculturalism, mainly building on the humanities and social science. It builds on expertise within the disciplines of religious studies, political science, philosophy, international law, education and social anthropology. Where can I work? Students with a Master's degree in Human Rights and Multiculturalism will be able to work in public services and administration, education, media, humanitarian organisations, private corporations and as consultants. This is what we will teach you Through the course of study, the students will look at human rights from the perspectives offered by different cultures as well as academic disciplines and how human rights are to be perceived in the light of cultural diversity. While a purely human rights discourse will emphasize rules, rights, norms that apply (more or less) universally assisted by institutions for monitoring and assessment, a purely multiculturalism discourse will focus on culture(s), complexity in culture, a host of exceptions and the interpretation of various cultural practises in society. However, it is when these discourses are brought together that the debate gets highly complicated and the easy answers seem hard to find. Individuals have rights, and cultures should not be oppressed. There is no quick fix regarding how to reconcile such claims. The processes of globalisation, migration and Western secularisation contribute in making the many questions related to Human Rights and Multiculturalism even more important and relevant. Civil wars and problems of state- and nation-building in the world may also be addressed and explained by knowledge about the relation between human rights issues and multicultural challenges. This relation is also important regarding issues at micro levels, such as a local community in for example Scandinavia and the schools there. Among the questions that will be pursued in the programme are the following ones: Do human rights protect multicultural diversity? Do human rights give robust guidance for normative and legal assessment of cultural customs, practices and traditions that can prevent unacceptable infringement of human rights within minority groups? Do human rights, including minority rights, offer legal, institutional and policy mechanisms that may help to reconcile conflicts among groups in multicultural contexts, and between minorities and the majority? Moreover, the notions about the universality of human rights will be discussed. The students will examine the concepts of human dignity and human rights as they may or may not be expressed in political, judicial and ethical contexts within selected religions and secular philosophies/ideologies. Also contemporary integration regimes regarding asylum seekers and labour migration are on the curriculum of the Masters program. Additional studies The students gain experience in interd isciplinary research, and will also be qualified to pursue academic research in the field of human rights and cultural diversity. [-]