By Jan M. Olsen, The Associated Press on July 17, 2015.

Breivik however will be studying from his cell, the university’s rector said.

University rector Ole Petter Ottersen said Breivik was admitted in line with regulations and “we must not allow individuals to change this”.

Breivik initially applied to study at the university in 2013 but was rejected since he didn’t meet the academic criteria at the time.

He is serving a 21-year prison sentence that can be extended indefinitely if he is considered a threat.

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been admitted to a political science course, the University of Oslo said Friday, but his imprisonment means he is unlikely to earn a degree.

But Norway’s prison system is based on rehabilitation, and thus focuses on preparing inmates for the outside world upon their release – including education.

Ottersen said he had expected more objections from the public, but it was “remarkable” how few people had taken a stance against the university’s position.

Public broadcaster NRK reported that these conditions would make it hard for Breivik to complete the degree as the bachelor’s programme in political science consists of nine compulsory courses, five of which require participation in seminars or personal guidance from staff.

His conviction entails him studying from his cell, without any access to digital resources, and avoiding contact with university students and staff. Anders Behring Breivik has applied for undergraduate studies and may, in theory, receive a license.

“It hurts to know that he can be accepted at University but it’s the way it is Norway (…) It hurts even more that the announcement comes just days before the commemoration”, four years after the attacks, responded the president of support group for families of the victims, Lisbeth Kristine R√łyneland.

“But whether he reads novels or political science books doesn’t matter to us as long as he remains behind bars”, she added. Breivik also claimed to be part of a secretive, non-existent network of “Knights Templar”.

Next week, Norway is to open a “July 22 Center” in Oslo, with information and exhibits about the attacks.

Breivik’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment on the development.