The programme has three different specializations on two campuses. You can study either in Norway’s thriving capital, Oslo – or in Stavanger, an international town on the west coast surrounded by stunning nature. Choose between the following specializations:
Diakonia, Community Development, and Christian Social Practice (Oslo) Diakonia has its value basis in a Christian tradition, emphasizing service to the world which is rooted in ‘being’ Church in different contexts, both locally and globally.
Value-Based Leadership and Social Innovation (Oslo) This specialization has a particular focus on social innovation and value-based leadership within social welfare and the health sector, in and outside of Christian and other traditions, beliefs and worldviews.
Migration and Intercultural Relations (Stavanger) In a globalized world, communication and engagement are key factors in building strong communities, and this specialization will focus on issues of diversity, engagement across boundaries, communication, and migration, including online and digital literacy.
Students must select one of the specializations when enrolling for the programme.
Studiet er engelskspråklig, men det er mulig å levere eksamensbesvarelser på norsk.
Please visit the course site for a full description of the entry requirements.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree within social sciences,
humanities, theology, religious studies, health or social work,
and meet our general admission requirements.
Download the application form. This must be included in your online application.
Please also refer to our general admission requirements and our application guidelines
February 1st for international applicants from outside EU/EEA and Switzerland not already residing in Norway.
For applicants from EU countries that currently hold a Norwegian national identity number and domestic students the application deadline is April 15th.
PhD-studies at VID Specialized University
Civil society organizations, work with migrants, community development work, public offices related to diversity and integration, private institutions with a global profile
All courses within the programme will be taught in English, and all students are strongly encouraged to spend one semester during their studies abroad in one of our partner institutions in for instance Cape Town, Kampala, Heidelberg, Budapest, or Stockholm.