Bergen School of Global Studies (BSGS)

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BSGS logo and pillars

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.

PhD research school
Mount Elgon cave

Joint PhD research school on global challenges at Makerere University

The Makerere–Bergen Research School is organised in Kampala 28 November - 9 December 2022, with a hub in Bergen. Apply by 30 September.

PhD course

Effects of Lawfare: Courts and law as battlegrounds for social change

Are you interested in law as political strategy? How rights, law and courts are used as instruments for social change, and how different groups use legal mobilization in and out of court to advance their goals? Apply by 1 June 2022!

International applicants
Refugees at an open meeting at The University of Bergen.

UiB for refugees

The University of Bergen welcomes refugees to apply for admission. On this website you will find study offers for refugees, and other relevant information for prospective students.


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