University of Bergen

Development Geography, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

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

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

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

7990 - 8840 NOK/month
Living Costs

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

Funding

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