Development Geography, M.Phil.

Development Geography, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The aim of the Development Geography programme from University of Bergen is to provide the candidates with theoretical and methodological skills enabling them to qualify for a Master's Degree.

About

Objectives and content

The topics are related to issues of relevance for the study of livelihoods and environmental problems in the global South. The courses aim at introducing the candidates to contemporary scientific discourses on human-nature relations and development, and provide them with analytical skills and critical thinking. The thesis is normally based on data produced though fieldwork in the country of origin, carried out between the first and second year of study.

Programme profile

The topics are related to issues of relevance for the study of processes affecting urban and rural livelihoods and wellbeing, and environmental problems in the global South.

Method

The methods to be applied will depend on the topic you choose, and will often imply combinations of qualitative and quantitative methods. The programme from the University of Bergen includes a course in methods in social science. Students, who have taken part in the programme as distance learning students, may choose other methodological courses as electives.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Writing Course and Project Description 
  • Theory of Science and Research Design for Geographers
  • Geographical Perspectives on Food
  • Methods in Human Geography
  • Term Paper
  • Critical Perspectives on Environment and Development
  • Master's Thesis in Geography

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the program, the applicant must normally have obtained a Bachelor degree of 3-4 years¿ duration, or have an equivalent educational background. The degree must include at at least 1,5 years of full time studies in Geography.

Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission to Master's degree programmes at the University of Bergen.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship. 

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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