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West Nordic Studies

West Nordic Studies

120 ECTS - MA degree

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West Nordic Studies: Governance and Sustainable Management is a multidisciplinary Master’s Programme (120 ECTS) in West Nordic Studies (WNS) offered jointly by five partner universities, the Faroe Islands, University of Greenland, University of Akureyri in Iceland, University of Iceland and Nord University in Norway.

About the Studies

The programme aims to provide specific knowledge of the Circumpolar North, combined with abilities to manage and link contemporary issues and past developments on orientation in the major themes of the present debate on societal challenges. The objective is to increase knowledge of the common issues of the area. 

The West Nordic Studies programme at the University of Iceland focuses on society, nature and resources in the Arctic. This specialization builds on and intertwines two well-established disciplines within the University, Small State Studies under Political Science and the interdisciplinary Environment and Natural Resources programme.

Further information

Admission requirements

Graduate studies

Applicants must have completed a BA/BS/B.Ed. or a comparable degree with first class grades. First class refers to grade point average of at least 7.25 on a scale from 1-10. This is regardless of the subject of previous degrees.

All international applicants, whose native language is not English, are required to provide results of the TOEFL (85) or IELTS (6.5) tests as evidence of English proficiency

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Learning Outcomes

The aim is to graduate candidates that can understand and meet the complicated challenges of coastal Norway, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands (the Nora region) as part of the Circumpolar North complexities and are able to strengthen networking in the area.

Social Life

Students at the Faculty of Political Science run strong student associations that protect the students' interests and organise various events during the academic year.

Student.is is a website containing useful information for students at the University.

Contact us

Student service at the School of Social Sciences
Email: nemFVS@hi.is

Gimli, Sæmundargata
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
Open weekdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tel. +354 525 4500