Circumpolar and Nordic Studies

Bachelor's degree in Bodø

Do you want to learn more about nature, the environment and sustainable development in the Circumpolar areas? Are you interested in indigenous issues, social conditions and politics in the High North? Do you want more knowledge about what is often called the Nordic model for political organisation, societal development and the welfare state? Do you want an international bachelor's degree with the opportunity to study at a foreign university? Do you perhaps not have the opportunity to live in Bodø or complete a study programme during the day time? Then a bachelor's degree in Circumpolar and Nordic studies may be the right choice for you.

The offer is in English and the first 90 compulsory credits are completed as online studies. The specialisation semester (3rd semester) with a focus on the Nordic region and Norwegian conditions is also offered as ordinary teaching at Nord University for those who wish. In addition to the compulsory courses, we also offer 90 credits with English-language electives, both online and campus-based, for those who want to take the entire degree at Nord University. However, it is also possible to incorporate studies from other universities both in Norway and abroad as electives.

Programme description

Do you want to learn more about nature, the environment and sustainable development in the Circumpolar areas? Are you interested in indigenous issues, social conditions and politics in the High North? Do you want more knowledge about what is often called the Nordic model for political organisation, societal development and the welfare state? Do you want an international bachelor's degree with the opportunity to study at a foreign university? Do you perhaps not have the opportunity to live in Bodø or complete a study programme during the day time? Then a bachelor's degree in Circumpolar and Nordic studies may be the right choice for you.

The offer is in English and the first 90 compulsory credits are completed as online studies. The specialisation semester (3rd semester) with a focus on the Nordic region and Norwegian conditions is also offered as ordinary teaching at Nord University for those who wish. In addition to the compulsory courses, we also offer 90 credits with English-language electives, both online and campus-based, for those who want to take the entire degree at Nord University. However, it is also possible to incorporate studies from other universities both in Norway and abroad as electives.

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Study model

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Admission requirements

Higher education entrance qualification. Documented proficiency in English language

More information about application and  admission here

Learning outcomes

The programme provides knowledge of and insight into social, cultural, economic and political conditions in the Circumpolar North.

Knowledge Upon completion, the candidate should:

  • have a broad knowledge of key concepts, themes and theories, issues, processes, tools and methods
  • have a critical understanding of how society both shapes, and is shaped by, people's experiences, interests and actions
  • be familiar with the different areas of research concerning the High North
  • be able to identify and distinguish between different methods used to study societal and social processes.

Skills Upon completion, the candidate should:

  • be able to collect data and apply social science theories and approaches to analysis of High North topics
  • be able to make use of relevant research methods
  • be able to address ethical challenges in their scientific practice.

General Competence

Upon completion, the candidate should:

  • be able to communicate course content both orally and in writing
  • be able to work independently on a given problem
  • be able to consider issues from different perspectives and make research-based choices and reflect ethically on such choices.

Job opportunities

The study provides a very suitable professional background for social work and various administrative tasks where knowledge and insight into social conditions in the Circumpolar areas is required. High North studies are also well suited for teaching purposes and as additional education for teachers.

Further education

The programme provides a basis for applying for admission to various social science master's degree programmes. We point out that separate requirements for language skills must be expected for various master's programmes. If you are thinking of further master's studies, it may make sense to examine any language requirements for the master's education you wish to pursue. There are often requirements for a minimum of 10 credits of Social Science methods for admission to master's studies.

Study abroad

The specialised courses are delivered both at Nord University and at other UArctic member institutions located both in Norway and abroad. Students who wish to take specialised courses at UArctic partners may apply for a scholarship (North2North). It is recommended that students go on exchange from semester 4.

  • Northern Arctic Federal University (Russia):

Spring semester

Autumn semester

To qualify for exchange, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 ECTS with a weighted grade average of C.

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Applications are open in the following periods:
> Non-EU/EEA: October 1 - December 1
> EU/EEA og Nordic residents: February 1 - April 20

 Campus Bodø

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Registration and important information

Welcome to the Bachelor in Circumpolar studies programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences

​The teaching is held digitally the first year of this programme.

Registration
You can reg​ister as a student as soon as you receive your student number. After completing registration, you will have access to a range of digital forums and tools at Nord University. This includes digital meeting rooms and the e-learning platform Canvas. Registration deadline is September 1st.​


Timet​​ables
The class timetable will be available in TimeEdit in the course of the summer holidays. Follow the links below to check if your timetable has been published.

>> ​Timet​able

After you have completed semester registration, you can log in to TimeEdit and see your personalized timetable.

Course literature

Any questions?

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ECTS Credits 180
Study level Bachelor
Scope Full time
Teaching language English
Police certificate of conduct No
Campus Bodø

Application deadline and admission

Application deadline Applications are open in the following periods:
> Non-EU/EEA: October 1 - December 1
> EU/EEA og Nordic residents: February 1 - April 20

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