Northern Studies - bachelor


The Circumpolar World - How can people in the northern part of the world make the most out of this century? Will their lives be affected by environment changes? How can intelligent governance give way to new ideas and innovation? If you see yourself as one who could make a difference for this region, we welcome you to this amazing three-year multidisciplinary degree. It will make you a better world-citizen. And that's a promise.

Duration:3 Years
Location: Alta
Credits (ECTS):180
Qualification:Bachelor of Northern Studies
Admission requirements:Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English
Application deadline:Norwegian and Nordic applicants: 15 April<br/>International applicants: 1 December
Application code:Norwegian and Nordic applicants: 9511
International applicants: 2065
The Bachelor of Northern studies degree program is an international study program designed for students who want to develop a multi-disciplinary competence on the circumpolar north. All courses are given on-site.
Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1st term (autumn)
2rd term (spring)
3rd term (autumn)
High North Politics and Barents Cooperation, 10 ECTS
Culture and Identity in the Barents Region, 10 ECTS
Nordic and Russian Governance in Comparative Perspective, 10 ECTS
4th term (spring)
Regional Economy and Innovation, 10 ECTS
Natural Resource Based Industries, 10 ECTS
Governance and Development, 10 ECTS
5th term (autumn)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 10 ECTS
Enterprise and Innovation Practice, 10 ECTS
6th (spring)
REI-1503 Project Management
BNS-2040 BA Research Project


  • Explain different theoretical approaches to politics, culture and history of the Circumpolar North.
  • Discuss the Circumpolar North and the Nordic countries and Russia with regards to political history and system, indigenous culture, gender issues and environment in a south-north perspective.
  • Apply Interdisciplinary insights in contemporary discourses of the Circumpolar North: sustainable development, language and communication, politics, peoples and cultures, regional development and conditions and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Identify contemporary social scientific studies and research outcomes/contributions on the Circumpolar North and the Barents Euro-Arctic Region.


  • Apply different social scientific research methods i.e survey, interviews, analysis of documents and field research.
  • Explain central concepts regarding the development of circumpolar north in a center- periphery perspective, i.e devolution of power, geopolitics, identity and ethnicity, sustainable development and resource distribution, indigenous people¿s history and economy and regional development.
  • Apply an interdisciplinary approach to the reality of the circumpolar north in order to describe the complex northern society, its cultural processes, political history and system, land and environment.
  • Evaluate the current situation and form new relevant research questions based on new information on the development of the Circumpolar North and Barents Euro-Arctic Region.
  • Apply relevant interdisciplinary knowledge to northern sustainable development in northern communities within regional development, innovation, and entrepreneurship while aware of the larger dynamics.

General competence

  • Reflect critically on the multi-faced reality of the circumpolar north by using current research, referring to contemporary issues and its history.
  • Think and write analytically, present knowledge and solutions, both oral and written, on challenges in the circumpolar north.
  • Apply the principles of academic integrity, values and practices; honesty, fairness respect and accountability.
  • Explain the ethical considerations of conducting research and the use of research results.
  • Apply an interdisciplinary approach in analysis and projects either you work alone or by participation in a group.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English.
A list of the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway can be found on the web site from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For language requirements we refer to NOKUT's GSU-list.

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is April 15th
  • Online application, study code 9511

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

Are you an international applicant? Read more here.

In order to reach the goals of learning outcomes, students are expected to work about 40 hours a week (1500-1600 hours for a year of full time study), including lectures, seminars, group work and self-study. 

The BNS program is offered on-site.  

The BNS program is taught by lectures and seminars, group-work, group discussions, colloquiums, excursions, tutoring on writing assessments, case-study projects and in fieldwork, and by students presentations of various assignments and of project work.

Through group and individual work, candidates are trained to develop and discuss their understanding of key topics of the Circumpolar North.

The BNS degree programme is designed to provide students with interdisciplinary insights and a wide, but profound, knowledge on the Subarctic and Arctic Regions.

BNS opens a variety of possibilities for interesting careers in both public and private sectors. The Barents cooperation and overall increased internationalization and several intersections between public and private sector provides a growing need to see and to exploit new opportunities.

Both the northern educational sector, its municipalities and county governance bodies, as well as several national State agencies, all have need for candidates with analytical training, promotional abilities and generalist knowledge on the complexities of the Subarctic and Arctic Regions.

The BNS programme also prepares students for career-entry in the private sector; commercial and non-profit organizations at the local, national or international level. It is also relevant for companies working with export / import, logistics and security in the Euro-Arctic, and several branches related to northern service-industries such as tourism, cross-border trade, raw material and energy production, etc.

Several master-programmess, both domestic Norwegian and international ones within Social Sciences can be taken following the BNS programme. Relevant master programmess at UIT: Master of Tourism Studies, Master of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies, Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Transformation

Exchange studies abroad will make you more attractive on the job market. Studies abroad will increase your learning outcomes, improve your language skills, give you unique adventures and international experience.


The degree programme in Northern Studies has bilateral exchange agreements with universities abroad where the student may take modules that will subsequently be approved as part of the degree. In this degree programme, we recommend exchange studies abroad in the third and fourth semester.  We make certain reservations concerning what modules the exchange university has to offer. Prior to going abroad, the student should have a preliminary approval. A faculty member from the degree programme will assist the student in choosing modules that will be approved as part of the degree. Final approval at UiT will be given upon application with documentation of passed exams in the recommended modules abroad. For an updated overview of exchange universities we refer to UiT’s webpage on internationalisation, or you may contact our international coordinator.


Møller, Per Magne

Assistant Professor
Phone: +4778450232


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