Master in Social Sciences

The Master of Social Science provides an in-depth knowledge of analytical, methodological and theoretical approaches to Social Science. The three specializations are Social Work with a Comparative Perspective, West Nordic Studies and International Northern Development. NOTE: There will be no intake for the specialization in West Nordic Studies for the study year 2015/2016.


A Master in Social Sciences makes you an attractive candidate in the labour market, and we give you the flexibility to choose which profile/specialization you want for your master’s degree.

International Northern Development (IND)

This multidisciplinary programme will provide you with a fundamental understanding of current issues within, and perspectives on, the circumpolar region and its relationship with the international community. The programme aims to develop a deeper understanding of the influences that are shaping development both of communities and people in the High North. It will also provide a unique opportunity for international collaboration and cross-case comparisons. This programme has its basis a long cooperation between UiN and partner institutions in Northwest Russia and Canada.

West Nordic Studies (WNS)

The specialisation in West Nordic Studies: Governance and sustainable management will provide you with necessary knowledge and skills to participate in local governance and in the management of local resources and development within a range of social contexts. The Nordic coastal states share the features of scattered populations and abundant natural resources. This programme focuses on understanding, analysing, and problem solving with a view to the maintenance and development of more sustainable communities.

Social Work with a Comparative Perspective (SW)

The specialisation in social work provides a thorough understanding of the theoretical basis of social work as well as its national and international challenges. The field of social work studies is directed at understanding the impact of cultural, political, social and economic conditions on individuals’ and communities’ living conditions and way of life.  It seeks to use this knowledge to improve the life situations of individuals, families, groups and local communities. In today’s societies, social problems occur on local and national scales. The specialization in social work has a particular focus on the combination of local and global perspectives and strategies.

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryNorway
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionNord University
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmesPolitical science and civicsManagement and administrationSocial work and counselling
Tagsmultidisciplinarysocial workdevelopmentgovernancecommunitieswest nordicinternationalinterdisciplinarysustainable management
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