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University of Groningen


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Population Studies at the University of Groningen

 

Are you interested in studying contemporary population issues like ageing, migration and global population growth? In the master programme Population Studies students learn the theories, methods and skills required to become a versatile demographer.

 

Essential to understanding population dynamics is the study of people’s demographic behaviour, such as birth, health, migration, and death. The master programme focuses on these demographic events, on how decision-making regarding these life events is influenced by the economic, societal, cultural, and geographical context, and on how these demographic events have an impact on population-level trends.


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Population Studies at the University of Groningen

 

  • Population, Health and Place (5 EC)    
  • Working with Data in Population Research (5 EC)    
  • Optional courses (10 EC)   
  • Life Tables and Population Projections (5 EC)    
  • Migration, Families and Households (5 EC)    
  • Advanced Statistical Analysis (5 EC)    
  • Contemporary Population Issues (5 EC)    
  • Master's Thesis Population Studies (20 EC)

 

Study abroad is optional


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Population Studies at the University of Groningen

 

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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, health care) or to identify potential problems. Also, in international development cooperation, demographic information is crucial. Demographers have a good understanding of contemporary societal problems and issues that affect people in their daily life.

 

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Population Studies at the University of Groningen

 

knowledge minimum
Students with a Dutch or foreign certificate of higher education that indicates that they have knowledge, understanding and skills at the level of a university Bachelor's degree and who can demonstrate the following specific knowledge, understanding and skills will be admitted to the degree programme:
a) knowledge of the subject of Population Studies at the level of holders of a certificate from the Bachelor's degree programme in 'Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning'
b) knowledge representing 10 ECTS in statistics courses or the student's statistical knowledge should be equivalent to that, shown by active knowledge of at least variance, association and correlation measures, chi-square tests, univariate and multivariate linear regression, the basics of matrix algebra and the basics of integration & differentiation. We assume that this includes some experience with EXCEL and with using statistical software programmes, such as SPSS, STATA and R.

 

language test 

    English on VWO level

    IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section

    TOEFL internet based:

  •     Overall: 90
  •     Reading: 18
  •     Listening: 18
  •     Speaking: 20
  •     Writing: 21

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

 

The application deadline for beginning on 1 September is 1 May of the same year.


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  • We also offer two double degree programmes: with the University of Cologne in Germany (Demography and Social Inequality) and with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain (Social Demography). You can also combine the Master in Population Studies with our top-rated Research Master in Spatial Sciences.

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Institution

University of Groningen


Location: University of Groningen Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Niederlande
Groningen
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Humanities, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science in Population Studies

Language

English

Start

summer semester,
winter semester

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 14300 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Humanities, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science in Population Studies

Language

English

Start

summer semester,
winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 14300 EUR / year

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