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Studying Social Sciences

Social sciences study the human society and its individual behaviours and relationships. Classical study areas in this field are sociology, economics, psychology and political science. This already illustrates the wide variety of research in the social sciences. However, they have a similar approach in conducting research which is quite different from the methodologies used in natural sciences. By combining several methodologies and quantitative as well as qualitative research, students gain insight into various aspects of human society.

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Studying in Norway

The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.

58 Social Sciences Master's degrees in Norway

M.Sc. Master's in International Business

The Master's in International Business is offered by the NHH Norwegian School of Business. The forces of globalisation have brought people, firms and markets across the world closer together than ever before. Modern companies need to master both international and local dimensions to succeed in an increasingly competitive setting. 

M.Sc. Master's in Economics

The Master's programme in Economics offered by the NHH Norwegian School of Business teaches tools to analyse markets and industries and the economic challenges facing private business, public institutions and international organisations.

Master Global Development - Theory and Practice

The aim of this master's programme from University of Bergen is to train advanced professionals in the field of Global Development - Theory and Practice with specialisation in either health promotion or gender and global development.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.Phil. Development Geography

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.

Faculty of Social Sciences
Master Digital Culture

The M.A. in Digital Culture at the University of Bergen focuses on the impact technology has on modern-day life and art forms, teaching students how modern science is affecting culture, such as electronic literature, digital humanities and more. The Master offers courses on Digital Media Aesthetics, Collaborative Creativity in New Media, Research Methods and Project Development in Digital Culture.

Humanities and aesthetic studies
M.Sc. Economics

With the Master of Science in Economics at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) you will study at one of Norway’s leading schools in economics, with an international reputation in the fields of environmental economics, energy economics and development economics.

School of Economics and Business
M.Phil. Media Studies - Nordic Media

Nordic Media is an intensive, two-year exploration of a wide range of contemporary issues in media and communications. Join an international group of students to learn about the media systems in one of the world's most advanced regions in terms of technology, economy, and politics. The Media Studies - Nordic Media programme is delivered by University of Oslo.

Master Gender Studies

Would you like a study that opens several doors in to the labour market? A master's degree in Gender studies will give you the ability to work independently on central issues related to gender, feminism, gender equality, power and knowledge production. The Gender Studies programme is offered by the University of Oslo.

M.Phil. International Community Health

We train students in international community health research and interventions in a multidisciplinary classroom, with students from all over the world. This International Community Health M.Phil offered by the University of Oslo is a research programme where students carry out fieldwork in Norway or abroad.

Faculty of Medicine
M.Sc. International Development Studies

The International Development Studies program at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) provides an understanding of global social, political and economic change. The degree provides a critical understanding of the history and current dynamics of globalization, and its impact on societies and environments.

Faculty of Landscape and Society
M.Phil. Viking and Medieval Studies

This is the only programme in Scandinavia that offers a specialisation in Old Norse and Celtic philology supplemented by optional interdisciplinary studies. The Viking and Medieval Studies programme is offered by the University of Oslo.

M.Sc. Human Geography

All places –small or large, rich or poor, near or far– are unique yet connected to a multitude of other places at the same time. With a master in Human Geography you learn to understand the difference that place makes and how local and global processes intertwine and produce change around the world. The Human Geography programme is offered by the University of Oslo.

Faculty of Social Sciences
Master Information and Communication Technology

This Information and Communication Technology study programme at University of Agder gives you a unique competitive advantage in ICT. Our skilled lecturers and supervisors give you personal support throughout the study, in development and research projects and in the lecture hall.

Master Social Science

The Master of Social Science from Nord University 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.

Faculty of Social Sciences
Master Global Studies

VID Specialized University’s Master's Degree in Global Studies provides you with competence, understanding, knowledge and the tools you need to encounter a complex cultural reality, both in Norway and abroad.

Department of Masterdegrees
M.Sc. Business - Economics

Economics is the study of how societies, governments, businesses, households, and individuals allocate their scarce resources. You will learn a framework for analysis that can be applied to a great variety of areas, ranging from international trade, unemployment and inflation, to retirement funds, or controlling pollution.

M.Phil. Indigenous Studies

Do you want to take part in shaping and producing solutions to global and local challenges through the study of indigenous issues? The unique and very rare Indigenous Studies programme is offered by the UIT The Arctic University of Norway.

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
M.Phil. Economics

The two year master’s degree programme in Economics is a full time programme offered by the University of Oslo, with three different programme options, that provides rigorous training in modern economics. Covering a broad range of topics from micro- and macroeconomics, methodology and demography.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.Phil. Peace and Conflict Studies

Do you wish to require knowledge and analytical skills in order to analyse the many different aspects of conflicts in the world today? Do you want to work with conflict prevention, policy-making, or go into the field of research on peace and conflicts? Then the Master's Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies offered by the University of Oslo might be something for you.

Master Asia and Middle East Studies

This Asia and Middle East Studies master’s degree programme offered by the University of Oslo provides a combination of higher degree studies in the languages, cultures, societies and histories of Asia and Africa.

M.Sc. Finance

The Master of Science programme in Finance at BI Norwegian Business School will provide you not only with the required education for a career in finance and consulting, but also a strong basis for management positions in a broad range of industries.

Master of Science (MSc) programmes
M.Sc. Business - QTEM (Major in Economics)

The Business - QTEM (Major in Economics) at BI Norwegian Business School covers both micro and macroeconomic theory extensively. The emphasis on analytical and quantitative skills enables you to become a critical consumer of statistically based arguments.

Master of Science (MSc) programmes
M.Sc. International Environmental Studies

This International Environmental Studies program at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) concerns the environmental challenges of our time, and seeks solutions that combine both natural and social science approaches. This degree qualifies students to contribute to international, sustainable development.

Faculty of Landscape and Society
M.Sc. International Relations

This International Relations program at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) provides the opportunity to adapt to the new global reality. Graduates gain an in-depth understanding of the political nature of why and how bilateral and multilateral institutions promote certain development policies, both spatially and temporally.

Faculty of Landscape and Society
M.Phil. Psychology

The master's degree in Psychology provides you with advanced psychological knowledge. You will also gain practical experience through projects and lab work. The programme offers five specializations. The Cognitive Neuroscience programme is offered by the University of Oslo.

Faculty of Social Sciences
Master English Literature, American and British Studies

Through a Master’s degree in English Literature, American and British Studies you will achieve a high level of competence in English and an in-depth understanding of American or British culture, literature and history. The English Literature, American and British Studies programme is offered by University of Oslo.

M.Sc. Business Administration, Specialisation in Financial Economics

This Business Administration, Specialisation in Financial Economics at University of Agder offers in-depth studies of how the market functions in relation to business financing and ownership (corporate finance), and the relationship between financial markets, the market economy and the governments use of markets in the practise of economic policy (macroeconomics).

M.Sc. Leadership and Organisational Psychology

The Master of Science programme in Leadership and Organisational Psychology at BI Norwegian Business School will provide you with the required education to implement and lead such processes in organisations, thereby contributing to organisational effectiveness.

Master of Science (MSc) programmes
M.Phil. Viking and Medieval Norse Studies

The Viking and Medieval Norse Studies programme offered by the University of Oslo should appeal to students with a broad range of interests in the fields of Viking and Medieval Scandinavia. Students will be given the opportunity to study in two of the Nordic countries.

Master Economics

The Master's Degree program in Economics offered by UIT the Arctic University of Norway provides a deeper understanding of theoretical and applied economic analysis, methodology and empirical research. Students will have the opportunity to work independently through self-study and assignments.

Tromsø University Business School
M.Sc. Business

You have the opportunity to customise your own Business programme at BI Norwegian Business School by selecting a concentration area or ‘major’ in addition to choosing free electives from other fields.

Master of Science (MSc) programmes
M.A. Ibsen Studies

This Ibsen Studies programme offered by the University of Oslo provides students with in-depth knowledge of the works of Henrik Ibsen and their cultural and historical context, as well as extensive training in relevant humanities research methods.

Faculty of Humanities
M.Phil. Development, Environment and Cultural Change

What are the main challenges in creating sustainable development? How can interdisciplinarity be a means to greater understanding of the complexities related to these challenges? These are the overall issues taught and debated throughout the master's degree in Development, Environment and Cultural Change offered by the University of Oslo.

Faculty of Social Sciences
M.A. East Asian Culture and History

Study the historical interplay between tradition and modernity in East Asian cultures. Develop expertise in your area of focus, be it China, Japan, or Korea, and assume a comparative East Asian perspective. The East Asian Culture and History programme is offered d by University of Oslo.

Faculty of Humanities
Master Innovative Governance and Public Management

Nordic societies are well known globally for their well-functioning public services and their ability to combine equity and efficiency dimensions. The Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (NORDIG) at University of Agder gives students a unique opportunity to learn how Nordic societies function and how they address key challenges facing the public sector.

Master Health Economics, Policy, and Management

This multidisciplinary programme gives you the opportunity to specialize in three highly relevant fields for the national and international health care sector: Health economics, Health management and Economic evaluation. The Health Economics, Policy, and Management programme is offered by the University of Oslo.

Faculty of Medicine
M.Sc. Business

Learn to lead change. Learn to lead for success. Learn to lead your own business or to succeed in investing or consulting. The Master of Science in Business at Nord University lays the foundation for a huge range of career opportunities.

Bodø Graduate School of Business
Master Educational Policies for Global Development

GLOBED aims to set new standards as a master's degree in the field of globalisation, education and international development. You study in Barcelona, Oslo or Amsterdam and Malta. The Educational Policies for Global Development programme is offered by University of Oslo.

M.Phil. Childhood Studies

The MPhil in Childhood Studies offered by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) aims to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between childhood and culture as well as the dynamics between economic, social and political conditions and children's livelihoods and welfare in different contexts.

International Master's Programmes
M.Phil. Religious Roots of Europe

This joint and international Religious Roots of Europe programme offered by the University of Oslo explores the traditions, formative processes and mutual interactions of the three most influential religions of European culture and history: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Faculty of Theology
M.Phil. Linguistics and Its Applications for a Multilingual Society

This Linguistics and Its Applications for a Multilingual Society programme offered by the University of Oslo provides an applied perspective on linguistics and multilingualism. Students spend one year at the University of Oslo and one year at the Catholic University of Louvain, receiving an international double Master’s degree.

M.Phil. Visual Cultural Studies

Are you interested in human culture and how to use the video camera in social scientific research? At Visual Cultural Studies, offered by UIT the Arctic University of Norway, you are given the opportunity to study ethnographic research methods, anthropological theory and ethnographic film making in an international environment.

Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education
Master Popular Music

In the Master’s programme in Popular Music at University of Agder, you get the opportunity to work within one of five specializations, that is: Popular Music Performance, Electronic Music, World Music, Music Management, or Popular Music Studies.

M.A. Migration and Intercultural Relations

The Migration and Intercultural Relations is offered by the University of Stavanger. It is The European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) is the first African-European Erasmus Mundus Master programme in Migration Studies.

Master's Degree Programmes