Bachelor in Northern Studies


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Program Description

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.

Programme description

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.

Learning outcomes


  • 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.

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 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.

Job prospectives

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.

Access to further studies

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

Last updated Oct 2018

About the School

UIT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change ... Read More

UIT The Arctic University of Norway is the northernmost university of the world. Its location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the University of Tromsø takes special interest in. At UiT The Arctic University of Norway you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective. Read less
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