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UiT The Arctic University of Norway Master in Indigenous Studies
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Master in Indigenous Studies

Tromsø, Norway

2 Years


Full time

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Indigenous peoples share experiences across the globe. At the same time, Indigenous peoples are extremely diverse. Are you interested in studying relationships between Indigenous peoples and majority populations from local and global perspectives? The master’s program in Indigenous Studies offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of indigenous issues, intending to equip the students with academic and practical skills, critical thinking, and knowledge to fill an important role in an increasingly globalized world. The program actively recruits students with indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds creating an exciting cross-cultural teaching and learning environment.

Program description

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Credits (ECTS): 120
  • Admission requirements: Bachelor's degree
  • Degree Name: Master's of Philosophy in Indigenous Studies
  • Application code:
    • Norwegian and Nordic applicants: 5058
    • International applicants: 2031

The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, and the Faculty of Law, in cooperation with the Centre for Sami Studies, offer a two-year full-time master's program in Indigenous Studies (MIS). The program is multidisciplinary within social sciences, humanities, and law, and based on research conducted at UiT The Arctic University of Norway regarding the Sami and other Indigenous peoples. The thematic focus of the master's program is the emergence of the international indigenous movement, the historical experiences, and the contemporary context that Indigenous peoples experience across the globe.

During the two years of studies, students take courses totaling 120 ECTS. Seven mandatory courses are designed to give a broad base, from which the individual student may choose a relevant topic for the master's thesis. The thesis work is supervised by faculty members from the cooperating units at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and topics are chosen in cooperation with the appointed advisors. It is customary to conduct data collection for the master's thesis at the end of the second semester.


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