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.
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.
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.
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|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
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Regional Economy and Innovation, 10 ECTS
Natural Resource Based Industries, 10 ECTS
Governance and Development, 10 ECTS
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Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 10 ECTS
Enterprise and Innovation Practice, 10 ECTS
REI-1503 Project Management
BNS-2040 BA Research Project
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:
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.
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.