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Northern Studies - one year programme


Duration:1 Years
Credits (ECTS):60
Admission requirements:Higher Education Entrance Qualification and certified language requirements in English
Application deadline:

For international applicants: December 1st

For nordic applicant: April 15th

Application code:Nordic applicants: 186 202
International applicants: 2066

Programme description

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.

Programme structure

Term 10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
First term (autumn)
Second term (spring)

Learning outcomes



General competence

Teaching and assessment

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.

Language of instruction


Exchange possibilities

Student exchange is not relevant for this program

Access to further studies

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.