Bergen School of Global Studies (BSGS)

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Bergen School of Global Studies presents cutting edge, research-based graduate studies addressing global challenges of our time and the complex ways in which these interact.

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

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

On these pages 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.

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Understanding and addressing inequality

Digital summer research school for PhD students with six parallel courses on large global challenges. Apply by 15 February 2022 (extended deadline).

Master programmes
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Global Health and Public Administration most popular with international applicants

Four of the five most popular master programmes among international applicants directly tackle global challenges. 

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The Five Pillars of BSGS

Bergen School of Global Studies brings together graduate programmes and courses across all UiB's seven Faculties, with relevance to solving complex challenges facing the world today. BSGS rests on five pillers led by excellent research groups engaged with climate change, governance, global...

BSGS Master education
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Bergen School of Global Studies launched

The launch at the University Aula concluded with two large panels representing the diversity of scientific milieus tackling global challenges in Bergen. Together they will work to make Bergen the place of choice for students seeking knowledge and skills to help solve global challenges.

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

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

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


Bergen School of Global Studies also offers a cross-pillar film club & seminar series providing food for both the body and the soul, a social space to engage with fellow global school scholars. This normally takes place at Bergen Global — get updates on Facebook and Twitter!