M.Phil. On Campus

Geographies of Sustainable Development

University of Bergen

24 months
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Our planet is facing increasing climate changes and sustainability challenges. The Geographies of Sustainable Development degree offered by the University of Bergen gives you the framework, theories and practices to work out research-based ways to solve some of the most important issues today.


Key facts

Geographies of Sustainable Development degree offered by the University of Bergen addresses the effects of changing social and political geographies and natural environment in the developing world, also known as the global South.  

  • How can Himalayan farmers adapt to climate change? 
  • How should African fisheries be governed to ensure that the poor can afford to eat nutritious fish? 
  • Are Latin American cities prepared for the transition to greener forms of energy and increasing emphasis on environmental responsibility?  

This study programme will introduce you to the current scientific discourse on human-nature relations and development. You will learn about theoretical approaches to important issues of the day and be trained in practical methods for researching and evaluating factors affecting the environment and people’s livelihoods. 

During the programme, you will develop your skills in critical thinking, analysis, and academic writing.  

You will also have the opportunity to conduct fieldwork in the global South, and use that as the basis for your master’s thesis. 


Our graduates have highly applicable knowledge and skills for today’s society, as we face a range of global issues such as migration, climate change and sustainability.  

Typical jobs that our graduates go on to do are in  

  • planning
  • regional development 
  • environmental management  

These can be in public or private sector organisations or in NGOs, both in Norway and abroad. Many of our graduates continue in academic research by pursuing a PhD, while others work in the education sector. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theory of Science and Research Design for Geographers  
  • Writing Course and Project Description  
  • Geographical Perspectives on Food  
  • Methods in Human Geography 
  • Discourses, Politics and People: Critical Perspectives on Environmental Governance 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to apply for the Master's Programme in Geographies of Sustainable Development you need a bachelor's degree of 3-4 years' duration, or an equivalent educational background. The degree must include at least 1,5 years (80-90 ECTS) of full-time studies in geography or other relevant backgrounds such as environmental studies, development studies or political ecology with a social sciences perspective.

Tuition Fee

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The semester fee is NOK 590 

Living costs for Bergen

10362 - 16828 NOK /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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