Bergen School of Global Studies (BSGS)

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Bergen School of Global Studies is a network for graduate students seeking cross-disciplinary knowledge to tackle global challenges.

Here you find an overview of courses and subjects of relevance to students interested in the causes of global challenges and in mitigating their effects—all taught in English.

Finding solutions to these acute and complex challenges require us to go beyond traditional scientific disciplines to gain knowledge that incorporates multiple perspectives and new ways of knowing. 

BSGS responds to this need for multi-disciplinary, research-based and practice-embedded teaching at the MA and PhD levels, and emphasises innovative learning methods and student involvement in teaching.

BSGS is organised in five pillars led by some of Bergen's excellent research milieux: climate, governance, global health, inequality and migration.

Participants BSRS 2023

A face-to-face summer research school, at last!

This week, more than 70 PhD students from all over the world assemble in Bergen for the annual Bergen Summer Research Schools—for the first time since the pandemic.

A rear view of people with placards and posters on global strike for climate change

New master’s programme at the Department of Government

This autumn we offer a new and redesigned English master’s programme in Politics and Governance of Global Challenges


Curious about courses at other faculties?

Our society is increasingly in need of people with strong professional competence who can collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines. At UiB you may include courses at other faculties in your master's degree. Apply by 1 March (Norwegian applicants: 20 April)

The five pillars of BSGS are led by excellent resarchers in the respective field:

HealthAstrid Blystad & Karen Marie Moland (Centre for International Health)
MigrationSynnøve Bendixsen (International Migration and Ethnic Relations — IMER Bergen)
InequalityBjørn Enge Bertelsen (Global Research Programme on Inequality — GRIP)
ClimateHåvard Haarstad (Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation)
GovernanceSiri Gloppen & Lise Rakner (LawTransform)

Co-directors of BSGS are Siri Gloppen and Lise Rakner. BSGS is part of the University's strategic area of Global Challenges.


Together with Bergen Global, we organise a cross-pillar film club & seminar series, providing food for both the body and the soul—a social space to engage with fellow students and researchers. Get updates on Facebook and Twitter