Other forms of collaboration

Further education and part time studies tailored for people in full-time employment

Do you need a professional update, or do you want to get immersed in a completely new field of expertise? NTNU offers short courses as well as study programs at bachelor and master levels within a wide range of disciplines. The courses are flexible—usually delivered as a combination of online activities and intensive seminars.

NTNU’s Centre for Continuing Education and Professional Development


Collaboration with students

Experts in Teamwork

Experts in Teamwork (EiT) is a compulsory course for nearly all study programmes at master's level. Students work in groups comprised of different fields of study. The groups' tasks are interdisciplinary in nature. Your organization is welcome to contact EiT by the end of August regarding academic collaboration. The course is conducted each spring semester.

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Humanists in Practice

Humanists in Practice (HiP) is a course worth 7.5 credits aimed at master's students at the Faculty of Humanities. Humanists in Practice is an alternative to Experts in Teamwork, and takes place in January each year. The course gives students relevant professional experience through supervised professional training. Contact HiP by the end of August for discussing work placement hte following year.

More about Humanists in Practice (Norwegian)



Designhjelpen is a student run counselling service advertising industrial design. Designhjelpen holds workshops and visits companies to show people how design is used as a vital part of a product's development process.

Contact Designhjelpen directly if you wish to make an appointment (Norwegian)



Arkitekthjelpen is a student organization aimed at making it easier for anyone to utilize good architecture, from individuals to the public and private sectors.  They offer free counselling services, tips and ideas to stimulate new initiatives.

Contact Arkitekthjelpen directly if you wish to make an appointment (Norwegian)


Innovation and business development

There are several subjects and programs at NTNU that involve students in the development of products, services and business ideas. Every fall students from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship do feasibility studies of new ideas. The most promising ideas are taken in as startup companies run by the students themselves.

There are also a number of meeting places and recruitment arenas for startup companies looking for skilled co-owners. One of the larger is TEAMUP, which is regularly organized at the entrepreneurial collective Digs.

Submit ideas for NTNU Entrepreneurship School
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Student organizations

The main link between students and employers are the student organizations, run by the students themselves. The students invite guest speakers, facilitate company presentations and organize career fairs.

More about student organizations at NTNU


Collaboration with the academic community at NTNU

Faculties and departments

Most of private and public sector cooperation is rooted in the academic communities at the various faculties and departments at NTNU. The academic communities have a great deal of experience in cooperating for the benefit of all parties. 

Faculties and departments at NTNU


NTNU Alumni

NTNU Alumni is an international professional network for NTNUers. NTNU Alumni provides a forum for contact between NTNU, employers and industry, research institutions and the national and international community at large. This happens through network conferences, internships and guest lecturers etc.

More about NTNU Alumni


Trade and industry networks

A number of business networks are available through faculties, departments and study programmes at NTNU. The main purpose of these forums for collaboration is to involve partners in business, industry and government administration in fruitful cooperation to strengthen the educational activities at the university.

Business networks active at NTNU today
See also Cluster collaboration at NTNU


Career fairs and networking arenas

Many conferences and seminars are organized by NTNU throughout the year. These are good venues to get to know the academic community and research activities. The events help tie academia, business and the public sector closer together, and are often the starting point for new and exciting cooperation. In addition, the students invite hundreds of companies to career fairs and corporate presentations. Some of the biggest events are:

  • Technoport is a partnership between NTNU, business and public actors, for the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation in all sectors.
  • Ocean Week brings together industry, researchers and students in the maritime and maritime sectors, adressing the latest advances in research and technology.
  • Here you will find an overview of career fairs arranged by NTNU students (Norwegian)
  • You will find more meeting places and events in our event calendar


R&D  Funding

The Research Council of Norway offers a number of support schemes for companies that want to cooperate with NTNU. Skattefunn is one of the simplest funding schemes, providing tax deductions for research and development costs.You can also apply for Industrial- and Public sector Ph.D schemes, and a a range of innovation programs and EU-funded support schemes.

For more information, visit the Research Council website
NTNU Discovery offers early phase financing of potentially commercializable research results


If you have any further questions, please contact: kontakt@bridge.ntnu.no

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Master's thesis

The master's thesis is an assignment of higher academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. It marks the end of a five-year course of study. The assignment normally lasts 6-12 months and is finished before summer. The task is usually individual. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. A thesis provides a thorough assessment of a problem, and often implies the collection and analysis of new data.

Bachelor's thesis

The Bachelor’s thesis is an assignment of lower academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. A bachelor thesis usually lasts up to six months and is part of a three-year bachelor's degree. The task can be solved individually or by a group. The student usually has other subjects while writing the bachelor thesis. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. The thesis has less academic weight as a master's thesis, and is often more practical oriented.

Other assignments / unpaid work

Small student projects, field work, paid and unpaid professional training or other types of unpaid assignments like volunteer work.

Summer work

Summer work is usually full-time work done during the students' summer break (June-August). Many students do their mandatory practice work as summer work. This is paid employment.

Part-time work

Work that can be combined with studies, such as weekend- and evening work. It does not have to be academically relevant.

Full-time work

Work that cannot be combined with studies. Relevant for students who have earned their degree.

Internship / Trainee

Full Time work especially tailored for recently graduated students. usually a program of limited duration that includes job training and supervised learning.