More about specializations

Social Work or Arctic Societies and Climate Change? In our Master programme in Social Science the choice of specialization is yours!

  • Social Work with a Comparative Perspective
  • Arctic Societies and Climate Change

Application deadline

The application deadline is December 1st for Non EU citizens, April 1st for EU citizens and April 15th for Norwegian citizens.

See the study programme here for more information about how and when to apply.

Social Work – with a Comparative Perspective (SW)

The specialization in social work provides you with a thorough understanding of the theoretical basis of social work as well as its national and transnational challenges.

It directs you to understand the impact of cultural, political, social and economic conditions on individuals’ and communities’ living conditions and way of life, and enable you to reflect upon how this knowledge can contribute to improve the life situations of individuals, families, groups and local communities in today’s globalizing context. This specialization has a particular focus on the combination of local and global perspectives and strategies.

This specialization provides you with skills suitable for jobs in the public and private sectors, particularly positions related to practice and administration of social work, professional leadership and guidance, in addition to professional development and deliberation. Moreover, the specialization provides a competence to work with international development and aid.

The study can also provide you with a foundation for an academic career, such as teaching and a further PhD education in areas including social work and sociology.

Contact information: Professor Janne Irèn Breimo
Phone: +47 75 51 76 17

Study advisor: Margit Konstanse Jensen
Phone: +47 75 51 71 69

Arctic Societies and Climate Change (ASCC)

This multidisciplinary specialization (ASCC) provides you with a comprehensive understanding of the circumpolar region and its relationship with the international community.

It focuses on current processes that shape development of communities and people in the High North. It also provides a unique opportunity for international collaboration and cross-case comparisons.

The coastal states in the northern and Arctic regions have dispersed populations and abundant natural resources in common, and share similar concerns about how to ensure sustainable communities in the light of on-going climatic and societal changes. This ASCC specialization focuses on how to understand, analyse and approach the maintenance and development of more sustainable communities.

Job opportunities
ASCC provides expertise relevant for the public and private sectors (ministries, directorates, municipalities, consultancies and research institutes) working on issues related to environmental, climatic and societal changes in the Arctic across local, regional, national and international levels. ASCC will provide you with sufficient knowledge and skills to participate in local governance, societal development and management of local resources.

ASCC also provides good professional skills to work internationally with topical issues of resilience and development in the North. It is relevant for teaching and graduate work in environmental sociology, political science and anthropology.

A cooperation between several universities
ASCC is a result of close cooperation between Nord University, Northern Norway, University of Northern British Colombia (UNBC), Canada, the University of Iceland, the University of Greenland and the University of the Faroe Islands. This cooperation offers opportunities for exchange semesters at these universities.

Please note that the student exchange is contingent on the number of available spaces at the partner universities. In addition, this specialization offers a first semester introductory course at the University of Akureyri, Iceland.

Contact information: Professor Yan Zhao
Phone: +47 75 51 74 38

Study advisor: Margit Konstanse Jensen
Phone: +47 75 51 71 69

Application Requirements

Completed Bachelor degree of 180 ECTS, or equivalent education of minimum 3 years duration, with an average grade of C.

Language requirement:

For more information about language requirements, please visit this page: How to apply for graduate courses

Admission criteria for specializations:
Arctic Societies, Climate Changes and Politics: Relevant bachelor within Northern Studies, Business or Social Sciences.

Social Work with a Comparative Perspective: Relevant bachelor within Social Work or related areas.