Nord University

Profile of the university

Global challenges demand new insight, innovative solutions and local legitimacy. Nord University is a young university with strong regional ties and a global perspective. We are committed to delivering relevant educational programmes and research, with a focus on blue and green growth, innovation and entrepreneurship, and welfare, health and education. Nord University has 11,000 students and 1,3​00 employees at nine study locations in central and northern Norway.

Nord University Business School

Nord University Business School is a faculty at Nord university. We educate tomorrow’s economists, leaders and innovators. Through close cooperation with business and industry, the public sector and the community, Nord University Business School provides relevant education and research of an international standard. The faculty offers a doctoral program (PhD) within business management.

Nord University ​Business School has 2800 students and 230 staff members. The teaching and research community comprises four academic divisions: Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Organization and Management, Economic Analysis and Accounting, and Traffic.

Description of the study program(s)

Preparedness & Emergency Management

Work life today is characterized by rapid changes and unexpected crises. When crises and emergencies occur, organizations are required to deal with these in a professional manner. This puts increasing demands on managers and organizations personnel and requires them to have efficient knowledge of and practical skills in how to handle and lead a successful response and how to plan effective strategies for continuous development of preparedness and crisis management.

This master’s degree programme offers management-oriented education in emergency preparedness and crisis management. The programme targets leaders, managers and other staff holding safety and preparedness responsibilities in both public and private organizations as well as professionals within the field of emergency preparedness.

The programme in Preparedness and Emergency Management is an experienced-based master’s degree comprising 90 ECTS and lasting for three years. The programme is mainly taught in Norwegian. The programme requires applicants to hold a bachelor's degree or an equivalent education of 180 credits, as well as two years of relevant work experience following graduation. The study location is Bodø. 


Preparedness & Emergency Management course (7,5 ECTS)

Master students from the universities within Conris network, who are interested in taking a course at Master Programme in Preparedness and Emergency Management, may follow the course Preparedness and Emergency Management which is taught in English and organized in two sessions, 3-4 days each.  

This course emphasizes the roles and responsibilities of managers in preparing for crises response operations. The students learn about operational patterns within emergency response action and leadership skills to ensure good coordination, communication and control within emergency response at both tactical, operational and strategic level. In this course, we elaborate on special challenges related to joint and complex operations, including a focus on emergency response in different contexts. This course includes exercises in preparedness management lab NORDLAB in February and participation in Exercise Nord, the full-scale exercise arranged each April by Nord University. The admission requirements for applicants include two years of relevant experience.  

Course page


About Exercise Nord (in Norwegian)

Application deadline October 01.

Two courses package eligible for Erasmus+ agreements (15 ECTS)

Preparedness and Emergency Management course (7,5 ECTS) + International Governance and Business in the High North (7,5 ECTS)

In total: 15 ECTS, 90 days of stay, February – April

 In order to use financing through Erasmus+, students may combine the above mentioned course in Preparedness and Emergency Management and follow the course International Governance and Business in the High North offered by High North Center at Nord University Business School. Both courses taught entirely in English. The courses are offered in the spring semester, with three sessions of lectures in the period February – April, 3-5 days each. The study location is Bodø. The admission requirements for applicants to Preparedness and Emergency Management course include two years of relevant experience.

The course International governance and business in the High North focuses on developing knowledge about opportunities for value creation in the High North, as well as on an international dialogue between interested parties concerned with High North.

As the part of education activities, Master students will take part in the High North Dialogue Conference organized by High North Center at Business School. The focus of the conference is dialogue: the dialogue between young people and the Arctic regions' representatives from industry - ranging from maritime to land-based industry, authorities and academics to share information and discuss the best practices to tackle challenges in the region. The scenario workshop is an important part of the course.

Course page

About High North Dialogue Conference

About High North Center


Nomination deadline by home institution September 15. Application deadline October 01.

More information for exchange students


Bodø / Netherlands
Universitetsalléen 11,
8026 Bodø


+47 755 17 000

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Natalia Andreassen                                                            Program Coordinator Master in Preparedness and Emergency Management

Associate Professor // Nord University Business School

High North Center for Business and Governance

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Sandra Wiik
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Nord University Business School

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