Northern Studies - one year programme

Duration: 1 year

Northern Studies - one year programme

Duration: 1 År

Application deadline
<b>No admission for 2023/2024</b>
How to apply?

No admission for 2023/2024

The World of the High North - How does life in the northernmost part of the world affect nature resources, politics and economy? What is unique about this region? And how can its inhabitants be best prepared for the coming century? If you want to make a difference to the peoples of this region, and prefer an online study, we welcome you to this amazing interdisciplinary one-year experience. The study can be extended to a bachelor in Northern Studies. You will see the world with new eyes. In a good way.

Questions about the study

Haugseth, Peter

Assistant Professor/Ph.D candidate, programme coordinator, Bachelor of Northern studies and northern studies one year programme

Fossøy, Ingvild Lakseide


The program provides the student with a wide knowledge on northern societies, how they have shaped through historical path-dependence and in the power-fields of international relations, but also by innovative multilateral partnerships such as those fostered within e.g. the Barents Euro-Arctic Region and in the work of the Arctic Council.

The one-year program opens with Introduction to Multidisciplinary Studies, giving information on the academic standards to be met by the students in their course-work, and goes on to introduce the methodology of the interdisciplinary approach to Northern Circumpolar Studies. Through five courses; Introduction to the Circumpolar World, Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World, Land and Environment of the Circumpolar World and Contemporary issues of the Circumpolar World (1 and 2), students are introduced to a set of basic discourses of the Subarctic and Arctic Regions.The courses give the students a basis of facts and an introduction to relevant theory from the fields of geopolitics, ecology and geosciences, social anthropology and history geared towards northern issues. This enables the students to understand complex contemporary debates on e.g. land-uses and regional development, and to start articulate their own opinions. All courses are given online.


  • Explain current discussion on politics, culture and the history of the Circumpolar North.
  • Discuss the Circumpolar North with regards to political history and system, indigenous culture, gender issues and environment in a south-north perspective.
  • Describe different social scientific research methods i.e. surveys, interviews, document analysis and field research.
  • Apply Interdisciplinary insights in contemporary discourses of the Circumpolar North: sustainable development, language and communication, politics, peoples and cultures.


  • 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.
  • Apply an interdisciplinary approach to the reality of the circumpolar north in order to describe the northern society, its cultural processes, political history and system, land and environment.

General competence

  • Think and write analytically, present knowledge and solutions, both oral and written, on challenges in the circumpolar north.
  • Explain the importance of approaching circumpolar north by the use of an interdisciplinary approach rather than by narrow specialism

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:

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

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 program is offered on-line. Courses are delivered by our web-platform. The courses consist of written lectures, streamed modules and readings. In addition, face-to-face teaching and interactivity between students and between students and lecturers via Microsoft Teams/Zoom is relevant part of the teaching. Student`s course-work includes weekly response to module questions prepared by the lecturer for each module lecture. The candidate will hand in module answers as a written essay or an oral presentation via Canvas, Microsoft Teams/Zoom or Skype, and the tutor in charge will evaluate and comment on it on individual basis.


It is possible to apply for admission to Bachelor of Northern Studies and get recognition for the one year program in Northern Studies as the first year of the Bachelor of Northern Studies. The one year program in Northern Studies is similar to the first year of the Bachelor of Northern Studies.

Student exchange is not relevant for this program