The college offers
the pinnacle of military education in Norway; through both degree- and
non-degree-granting programmes it prepares officers of all services and
selected civilians for advanced leadership positions in the defence and
public sectors. It also offers undergraduate modules for Norwegian
The NDUC was established in its present organisational form in 2002
and is based at Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Since 2005 the NDUC’s
Advanced Officers Training and Education is conducted in the form of a
one-year-long Staff Course and a two-year-long Master of Defense
Studies. In the same year, the college, and its graduate programme, was
accredited by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.
The commandant of the NDUC is responsible for coordinating education
in the Norwegian Armed Forces and is the principal adviser to the Chief
of Defence on matters regarding education.
NDUC consists of the following departments:
The Norwegian Military Academy (Krigsskolen).
Located in Oslo, the academy educates officers of the Norwegian Army and serves as the King's Royal Guard. The academy was established in 1750, and is the oldest institution for higher education in Norway.
The Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA)
or Sjøkrigsskolen in Norwegian, is located at Laksevåg in Bergen. It was formally established October 27, 1817 in Frederiksvern. The institution educates officers for the Royal Norwegian Navy.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy (RNoAFA)
is the Norwegian Air Force's college which conducts officer training for the RNoAF and the Norwegian Armed Forces.
The Norwegian Defence University College of Engineering - Telematics
The Norwegian National Defence College (Sjefskurset)
Sjefskurset gives key personnel in Norwegian society, as well as
armed forces personnel, insight into the wide range of issues that form
the basis of Norwegian defence and security policy. Courses offered by
Sjefskurset are the Senior Executive Course, the Information Course, the Military Attaché Course and the Course in Public Security and Crisis Management.
Every year about 150 people attend our courses. Approximately a third
of the attendees are military; the other participants are civilians from
public and private sectors, non-governmental organisations, media and
The Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College (NDCSC)
FSTS are a major contributor to the NDUC’s accredited education
programmes. It also conducts R&D on Joint Military Operations,
Military History and Theory, Military Logistics and Resource Management,
and Psychology and Leadership Development. FSTS has several outreach
programmes to spread the knowledge attained through its research.
Several professional courses are offered by the college; among these are
the Basic Staff Education and courses on leadership,
psychological operations, strategic communication, defence human
resource management, the ethics of war, and the law of armed conflict.
The Norwegian Defence International Centre (NODEFIC), a part of FSTS,
is an international military peacekeeping training centre offering
courses for military and civilian personnel from all over the world.
NODEFIC is part of the Nordic co-operations programme NORDEFCO, and
cooperates closely with partner institutions in the Nordic countries.
The Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies (IFS)
IFS are a major contributor to the NDUC’s accredited education programmes. The
institute was founded in 1980, and is Norway’s foremost centre for
security and defence studies. Their research portfolio includes
historical and contemporary studies of Norwegian and European security,
civil-military relations, transatlantic relations, Asian security
studies and the role of weapons of mass destruction. The IFS publishes
the Oslo Files on Defence and Security and the web-based IFS Insights.
The IFS cooperates with a number of civilian and military universities
and research institutions in Norway and abroad. A significant part of
IFS research is externally funded.