Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Nord University is one of Norway's largest centres for education and research in the field of social sciences. The faculty has active researchers in disciplines such as sociology, anthropology, history, journalism, political science, social work and psychology. Research carried out at the faculty also takes the form of applied and cross-disciplinary projects. Several researchers at the faculty participate in international research networks. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Nordland Research Institute cooperate closely on various types of research projects.

Study programmes

About 2500 students are registered on the faculty's 30 different study programmes.

The faculty offers bachelor programmes in social work, sociology, international relations, circumpolar studies, history, geography, child care, journalism, Film and TV Production and 3D art, Animation and VFX.

We offer master programmes in social work, rehabilitation, sociology, history, and politics and social development.
At the highest educational level the faculty offers its PhD programme in sociology.

Find programmes and courses here.


The research and teaching staff consists of 60 scholars and 10 research fellows.

Among the research topics and research areas covered are:
• Social services for disabled people
• Rehabilitation services
• Welfare provision for children and youth (Child protection)
• Methods in social pedagogy
• Gender, ethnicity and self-image
• School dropout and career planning
• Allocation of natural resources
• The rights of indigenous people
• The history of Nordland county
• The cold war period
• Municipal administration
• Human resource management
• Political behaviour and election turnout
• Press ethics