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Borderology, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Bodø, Norway
How do you collaborate across borders? How do you understand traditional, cultural and environmental differences? The Master in Borderology at Nord University explores how collaboration in border zones can develop tools for solving conflicts locally, nationally and globally - thereby creating a new type of international dialogue largely neglected in traditional state diplomacy.


The Master in Borderology at Nord University 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.

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Writing subjectivity 
  • Borderology 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Copies of your high school/secondary school diploma and transcripts
  • For admission to most master degree programmes and courses at Nord University, applicants require a bachelor degree or other tertiary qualifications equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor degree. Nord University will evaluate your qualifications upon application and receipt of required documentation.
  • Copies of your final diploma and transcripts from higher education.
  • Proof of English requirements.
  • Copy of passport. We require only the pages that contains your full name, date of birth and photo identification.
  • Documentation of name change (if applicable).

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Bodø

  • 9420 - 15000 NOK/month
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