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What will I learn?

Essential to understanding population dynamics is the study of demographic behaviour of people, in terms of their life events, e.g. birth, marriage, divorce, health, migration, and death. The master programme focuses on these demographic events, on how decision-making regarding these life events is influenced by the historical, economic, societal, cultural, and medical context, and on how these demographic events have an impact on population-level trends.

You will learn about:

Pressing population issues as population ageing, integration of migrants, health inequalities and poverty

Individual decision-making processes behind demographic events, such as family formation, residential choices and migration, and health care use

Collecting and interpreting demographic data

Methods and techniques to analyze demographic data: life table, population projections, advanced survey analysis, qualitative research methods

Population policies and intervention programmes

The field of Population Studies reflects on and deals with currently relevant demographic topics and related societal issues. The study is simultaneously concrete and broad.

Job prospects

The Master Population Studies trains you to become a versatile demographer. As a demographer you are competent in describing and analyzing both the population dynamics of different countries or regions and the demographic behaviour of individuals or population groups. Also you are an expert in predicting the likely demographic developments for the future.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the master programme, you are capable of reflecting on how the context in which we live affects individual demographic behaviour and leads to different population dynamics, which again has societal consequences. Individual demographic behaviour and population dynamics are crucial to understand because of their effects on the economy, the environment, social networks, social cohesion, health and healthcare, pension reforms and social security, family life and wellbeing. Governments, for example, use demographic knowledge in their policy-making, for planning purposes (schools, housing, and health care) or in the localisation of potential problems. Also, for development cooperation, demographic information is crucial. Demographers have a good understanding of contemporary societal problems and issues that affect people in their daily life.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Study options

Full Time (12 Months)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (12,25,490) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,

Groningen,

9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Bachelor's degree. Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

For international students

Holders of a bachelor's degree in 'Sociology', 'Social Psychology', 'Epidemiology', 'Global and Public Health', 'Nutrition and Health', 'Cultural Anthropology', 'Gerontology, 'International Relations', 'Development Studies', 'Statistics', 'Economics' and 'Liberal Arts and Sciences' from any research university (inter)nationally are expected to have the thematic knowledge required to start the degree programme. However, they should also meet the knowledge minimum with regard to statistics and research methods skills to be admitted to the degree programme.

Language test:

IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.5 on each section

TOEFL internet based:
Overall: 90
Reading: 21 (19-23)
Listening: 21 (20-23)
Speaking: 21 (20-22)
Writing: 24 (24-26)

Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)

Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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