University of Stavanger

The University of Stavanger is situated in the south-west of Norway with some 300 000 inhabitants living in the Stavanger area. The University of Stavanger (UiS), has about 9,200 students and 1,300 administration, faculty and service staff.

The university welcomes a growing number of international students and staff , and hosts numerous projects and events every year. The university participates in several institutional and academic networks and offers 19 master’s programmes taught in English as well as 11 international PhD programmes. The UiS has also, in cooperation with its partners, successfully received support for two Erasmus Mundus Master programmes.

The UiS is organised in three faculties, comprising a total of 14 departments/schools and two National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. Many of the externally financed research activities are carried out in cooperation with our research institute - International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS). The UiS is closely linked to industry, business and the public sector in the Stavanger region and actively participates in its economic, social and cultural development. The UiS aims to develop as an innovative university and a regional driving force through research activities, new forms of teaching and learning, and knowledge transfer.

Science and technology, social sciences and arts and education, are the main research areas at the university. Research in the area of oil and gas, education, learning and literacy is internationally reputed. Risk management and public security are pioneering research areas that have received international recognition.

Stavanger has a 40 years’ experience in oil field production in Offshore regions and is in front internationally with high expertise on drilling, increased oil recovery, environmental issues, risk and safety. The National Center of Petroleum is located in Stavanger, and UiS plays an important role in Roald Amundsen Petroleum Research, a new center focusing on petroleum related activities in the North.

Facts and figures

Year Established 2005
Total Number of Staff 1282
Number of Academic Staff 805
Number of Students 9197
Focus Areas

Petroleum and offshore

Risk management and public security

Educational sciences

Hospitality and tourism