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Population Studies

Opbouw programma

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

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-master-population-studies Download a detailed description of the programma here: http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/more-education/programme_popst_20152016.pdf

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-master-population-studies. This is the programme for academic year 2017-2018.

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Waarom in Groningen?

Our programme is unique in its combination of analytical and social demography, its combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, its structured progress through the research process, and its international, multidisciplinary and strong scientific orientation - as officially being recognized. Interactive ways of teaching are being employed by very enthusiastic and dedicated teachers. Within the Netherlands, Groningen is the only university offering an MSC in Population Studies.

Our programme is unique in its combination of analytical and social demography, its combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, its structured progress through the research process, and its international, multidisciplinary and strong scientific orientation - as officially being recognized. Interactive ways of teaching are being employed by very enthusiastic and dedicated teachers. Within the Netherlands, Groningen is the only university offering an MSC in Population Studies.

Our Master Population Studies ranks second among all Geography and Planning related Master studies that are provided in the Netherlands, with an overall score of 8 out of 10. The ranking is an annual publication of the 'Centrum Hoger Onderwijs Informatie' and reflects a critical comparison of studies, partly based on students' evaluations over the years 2012 and 2013.

The Master Population Studies is relatively small, which facilitates easy contacts among students and between students and teachers. In addition, students will be offered the opportunity to have a mentor. A student that chooses to participate is assigned a mentor from the staff of the Department of Demography, mostly a Master Population Studies alumni. The objective of the mentor system is supervision of the study progress and timely detection of problems.

For any questions about your study planning, choice of study and personal circumstances that influence your study, you can contact the study advisors of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. For more information, see http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/more-education/studiebegeleiding.

  • Testimonial van Yohannes Dibaba Wado, Ethiopia

    Population Studies in Groningen is known for its research

    I decided to come to Groningen, because the Master's programme in Population Studies offered in Groningen is of good quality, and is known for its research and practice oriented education. Such education is not available in developing countries like my own.

    The topics studied here are very relevant to the real world problems. Although we need to work hard in the one-year Master 's programme, I have not faced problems so far. I enjoyed the intensive guidance from the teachers and enjoyed being in the company of my fellow students, both Dutch students and students from other countries all over the world. Because we are a relatively small group, we can have lively discussions and close contacts. With the knowledge and skills obtained in the Master's programme, I would like to work as a researcher in Population/Reproductive Health issues in Ethiopia. For the moment, I am looking for possibilities to extend my training in Groningen through a PhD position.

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    – Yohannes Dibaba Wado, Ethiopia
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    Master Population Studies

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    Webclass Population Studies

    To get an impression of the Master Population Studies and the population issues covered visit our Webclass Population Studies. Please go to www.rug.nl/nestor and log in with username frw-Webclasspopstudies and password webpopst2014!

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  • Testimonial van Auke Vlonk

    The future of elderly, housing and health care

    During my study Environmental & Infrastructure Planning (EIP), I minored in demography. It turned out to be very interesting since numbers have always been 'my thing'. After graduating with a Master's in EIP, it was a good choice to enrol in the Master's in Population Studies programme, which equipped me with a relatively uncommon combination of skills and knowledge. It turned out to be one of the best decisions in my life.

    My course mates were very committed and the atmosphere was very good: excellent conditions for obtaining knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods, getting good grades and having fun at the same time. At the beginning of my Master’s, I mentioned to Professor Inge Hutter that I was interested in an internship combined with my Master’s thesis. Thanks to her effort, I could start at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. After completing 5 months of internship, I carried on working there for almost 2.5 years, doing research on perception of infrastructure vicinities, urbanization and the Millennium Development Goals. And … I met my fiancée there.

    I found another opportunity in the Jan van Es Institute, a knowledge institute for integrated primary care. Although I knew almost nothing about primary care, I got the job: mainly because I had experience with population forecasts. Thank you Population Studies! My work entailed performing analyses of different types of research, but mainly on population and demand for (primary) health care. Several health care centres now have a platform which makes available maps and data on current and future expected demand for care (based on population and indicators) and actual demand for care (based on their patients’ data). The platform provides health care centres access to information concerning the distribution of patients, target groups, and so on.

    After three years at the Jan van Es Institute, I began working for AimTrack (September 2014), together with the owner of the platform and the owner of a health and care innovation database. The scope of the platform has been extended from primary care to an integral perspective which covers costs, health, primary care, secondary care and medication. We have also created a model for elderly, housing and long-term care since the Netherlands has to deal with e.g. ageing and rising health care costs. In the model population forecasts are combined with the current income distribution of elderly (extrapolated by using the cohort method) with indicators (by age and income) of long-term care use at home and in institutions (nursing homes). In the model we take policy into account: housing and care have been separated which implies that patients that got care in a care home will have to pay for their (new) residence themselves. Only the patients in nursing homes can ‘stay where they are’. Next to the demand for care, we also try to get a full overview of the supply of institutions, especially regarding construction year and number of places available. The current state of many institutions will not be sufficient to meet the needs and standards of future elderly with middle or high incomes: new or converted real estate will have to be developed in the next decades. The model provides us with strategic data and information regarding demand and supply of elderly, their income distribution, long-term care in the current and future situation. We collect the data and information into reports for every postal code area, municipality and province in the Netherlands. The strategic information is interesting for e.g. care organizations, insurance companies, municipalities and real estate companies.

    The Master of Population Studies degree has equipped me with a large backpack of methodological and theoretical knowledge which I use in my daily work and which also combines policy interventions and daily life practices. Furthermore, by doing an internship I got ‘easily’ enrolled into a working career. I highly recommend students to do an internship (combined with the Master’s thesis) to get to know more about how it is to work, to expand their network and to increase the chance of getting a job soon. If I had not done the Master’s in Population Studies programme, I would not have had the kind of opportunities (personal and career) I have now.

    If you would like to have more information, please do not hesitate to contact me: https://nl.linkedin.com/in/aukevlonk

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    – Auke Vlonk
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