University of Bergen

University of Bergen was established in 1946 but the academic and institutional roots of the university date back to the foundation of Bergen Museum as research institution in 1825.

As part of the university’s early history you find renowned Norwegian scientists and pioneers like the polar explorer and oceanographer Dr. Fridtjof Nansen, the inventor of modern metereology Dr. Vilhelm Bjerknes, and Dr. Gerhard Armauer Hansen who discovered the leprosy bacterium.

Today University of Bergen is a medium-sized European university with 14.500 students and 3.500 staff, spread across 6 Faculties and 39 Departments and Centres.


  • 1600 international students representing more than 100 different countries.
  • Approx. 250 doctorates conferred every year of which 30 % are international PhD candidates.
  • International staff from 75 different countries.
  • Partnerships with many of the most prestigious universities in the world.
  • Member of renowned international networks such as the global Worldwide Universities Network, the regional University of the Arctic network, and the European networks Coimbra Group, Compostela Group and Utrecht Network.


  • 63 bachelor degree programs
  • 92 master and professional study programs
  • Doctoral programs at all 6 Faculties
  • 29 research schools on PhD level


University of Bergen has indentified three strategic areas for research:

  • Marine research
  • Climate research
  • Development research (targeting global challenges of particular relevance for poor and low income countries)

Research excellence

The University of Bergen is currently hosting four national centres of research excellence:

  • The Centre for Cancer Biomarkers
  • The Centre for Intervention Science in Maternal and Child Health
  • The Centre for Geobiology (extreme environments found in the deep seafloor, deep biosphere and the roots of life)
  • The Birkeland Centre for Space Sciences