Study plan

Borderology (Joint Master Degree)

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Programme description

The programme aims to develop students' knowledge about, understanding of and critical thinking around cultural interaction between Western Europe and Russia, through philosophical reflection as well as study of the literature.

The programme is designed around twelve modules, which focus on philosophy of science, ethics, history and philosophy in order to strengthen international leadership and communication concerning global economic and environmental challenges.

The study elucidates the cultural contact between Western Europe and Russia by "measuring Kant against Dostojevskij" i.e. by picturing the relationship between Russia and Western Europe in philosophy terms, and not only by looking at literature.

To strengthen the international atmosphere of the programme and the networking, the students study together with half of the seminars taking place in Northern Norway and the other half in the Murmansk-region in Russia.

Year 1: BO301P: Writing subjectivity (30 ECTS)

Year 2: BO302P: Borderology (30 ECTS)

Year 3 and 4: BO303P: Master thesis.

Study model

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

The candidates will:

  • Have advanced knowledge in the field of political philosophy and how the border zone can be used as a zone for dialog and development.
  • Have advanced knowledge of how the study of the various philosophical disciplines may lead to a systematic strengthening of his/her basic individual capacity of reflection.
  • Get advanced knowledge about the conceptual background of their actual professions and practice.



The candidate will:

  • Be able to analyze and make critical reflection concerning professional experience and research.
  • Be able to evaluate and criticize scientific work and research.
  • Be able to discuss and resolve philosophical problems.
  • Be able to give a lecture demonstrating knowledge in philosophy and borderology.


General competence

The candidate will:

  • Get a broader philosophical competence and training in scientific research methods, up to master degree level; build on his/her own practical knowledge and life's experience.
  • Be qualified to deliver a larger philosophical work in the field of borderology
  • Be qualified to use their personal and professional experience and practice in their area of work as a basis for further development of knowledge and competence.
  • Be qualified to create arenas for cultural dialog

Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification

Documented proficiency in English language


Completed bachelor's degree equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor's degree, with an average grade of C or better.


Note: This is a part-time programme, which does not provide grounds for study residency in Norway. Please ensure that you will be able to attend seminars on location in Finnmark, Norway prior to application.





Further education

Graduates can apply for admission to the PhD in Professional Practice at Nord University. Students should contact MASU regarding admission requirements for the doctoral programmes at MASU.

Study abroad

Half of the seminars will be given in Northern Norway and the other half in the Murmansk-region (Russia).


Semester registration fee and course literature, in addition to travel and accommodation costs.

Specific arrangements for recognition of prior learning

If the applicant does not fulfill the requirements for the Higher Education Entrance Qualification but has experience-based competence relevent to the field of study, he or she may apply for recognition of this competence in order to fulfill the admission requirements.


General arrangements for recognition of prior learning

Examination regulations, assessment and grading

The Norwegian system for grading and assessment using the letter grades A - F, in which A denotes the best/highest grade and F denotes "not passed". Grades can also be awarded as "passed", "not passed", "approved" and "not approved".


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Graduation requirements

Master thesis.

Programme evaluation

The programme is evaluated via student questionnaire. The evaluations form a part of the university's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

Refer to

Regulations concerning studies and examinations at University of Nordland


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