Soldater fra de tre forsvarsgrenene Hær, Sjø og Luft sammen ifm innføringen av allmennverneplikt
Norwegian conscripts from the Navy, Army and the Air Force

The Norwegian Defence University College

The Norwegian Defence University College provides higher education and research on military power, and other military topics and fields.

The Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) is dedicated to higher education and research in the fields of land power, sea power, air power, military power and leadership, joint operations, intelligence, defence and security policy.

The NDUC is academically independent and provides education at the bachelor and master levels to military professionals from all branches of the Norwegian Armed Forces, partners and civilians.

The organisation has a board, an executive group, seven educational units, one institute, Deans office and staff.

  1. The Norwegian Defence University College is located in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim, Jørstadmoen, and Sessvollmoen:

    • The Norwegian Defence NCO School (Sessvollmoen, Ullensaker)
    • The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy (RNoAFA) (Kuhaugen, Trondheim)
    • The Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA) (Laksevåg, Bergen)
    • The Norwegian Military Academy (Linderud, Oslo)
    • The Norwegian Defence Cyber Academy (Jørstadmoen, Lillehammer)
    • The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (Akershus Fortress, Oslo)
    • The Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College (Akershus Fortress, Oslo)
    • The Norwegian Defence Intelligence School (Trosterud, Oslo)

    Questions may be sent to FHS Contact

  2. The training for military officers is at the bachelor and master's level, followed by a senior executive course: the Norwegian National Defence College (Norwegian: Sjefskurset).

    The bachelor program is a combination of joint teaching across the defence branches, as well as through specialisation in the defence branch and troop type.

    The NDUC also has a one-year supplementary officer's training program for candidates who have passed certain types of civil bachelor programs.

    The master's program is given jointly to all officers in the Armed Forces. The program builds on the students' previous education and professional experience. The master's degree in military studies is also available for civilian employees within the Armed Forces and the Police Force.

  3. The NDUC's core task is educating all commissioned and non-commissioned officers (NCOs). The NDUC provides the level-forming education for all NCOs in the Armed Forces.

    The training is experience-based and builds on previous military experience from mandatory conscription, any recruit experience, and various courses in the defence branches. After the NCO School, the education consists of a number of courses throughout the professional career.

    In addition, the NDUC offers an educational program that combines NCO training with a bachelor's degree in telematics.

  4. In addition to accredited studies and NCO training, the NDUC develops and implements competence-enhancing courses for key personnel in the military and civilian sectors, which provide knowledge about Norwegian defence, foreign and security policies, as well as national civil protection and preparedness.

  5. The NDUC library is located in Oslo (at Akershus Fortress and at Linderud), in Trondheim and Bergen.

    If you choose to study at the NDUC, our highly competent personnel, will guide you through all our available databases and advise you when writing your paper.

Research and development

The main fields of NDUC research are military leadership, strategy and operations, and defence and security policy.

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The NDUC events are open to all and free of charge. Upcoming events in English are announced on this page, in the NDUC newsletter and on social media.

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Student exchange and internationalisation
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Norwegian Defence International Centre