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DDM Demography and Social Inequality

What impact did the recent economic crisis have on individuals' living and working conditions, on individuals' study and career choices, on social inequalities and social cohesion?

The Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality gives first-class students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme spend one year studying at each university and graduate with two master's degrees: a Master of Sciences in Sociology and Social Research issued by the University of Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studies issued by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The international master's programme focuses on demographic change, population dynamics and the challenges faced by modern societies due to increasing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and migration. Students will learn to apply advanced social research methods and data analysis, providing necessary tools to deal with current issues such as ageing, social inequality, family, integration and education, among others. Students will have the possibility of acquiring in-depth knowledge of these topics and developing interdisciplinary research skills.

For Dutch students: het Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam biedt het DIA-Stipendium, een beurs voor Nederlandse studenten in Duitsland. Geïnteresseerden kunnen twee keer per jaar een aanvraag indienen. De deadlines zijn op 1 juli en 1 december voor het daaropvolgende semester.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Population Studies
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60658
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?
Programme
Periods
Courses1234
Analysis of Cross-Section Data (9 EC)
Markets, Institutions, Organisations (6 EC)
Sociological Theories, or Social Structure and Social Inequality, or Comparative Social Research (6 EC)
Special Methods of Analysis (9 EC)
Analysis of Longitudinal Data (9 EC)
Research Seminar on Social Inequality and Demography (15 EC)
Social Change, or Family, Education, Migration, or Special Aspects or Sociology and Social Research (6 EC)
Periods
Courses1234
Population, Health and Place (5 EC)
Working with Data in Population Research (5 EC)
Optional courses MSc Population Studies (10 EC, optional)
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)

Curriculum

For more information about the courses in this programme, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-double-degree-master-demography-and-social-inequality

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is required
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system = a 7 in Dutch)

knowledge minimum

Very good intercultural and social skills

language test

Proof of sufficient language skills in English of at least C1 (CEFR) or equivalent (TOEFL min. ibt 100; IELTS min. 7.0; Cambridge CAE (B) or CPE (C))

previous education

A bachelor's degree with at least 18 ECTS in the field of Sociology or Social Psychology and at least 12 ECTS in the field of Methods in Quantitative Social Sciences, Applied Quantitative Empirical Social Research, or Statistics

professional experience

Relevant practical experience is desirable

written request

Letter of motivation in English explaining the reasons for applying to the Double Master's Programme (approximately 500 words); CV

other admission requirements

The application deadline is 15 May 2018. From the end of March onwards you can submit your application via the WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal: https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/studies/master/double-masters-programmes/demography-and-social-inequality/application/

Students with a Dutch previous education can contact Billie de Haas (b.de.haas@rug.nl) to apply for the Double Degree. After that you can register for the Master Sociology and Social Research at the University of Cologne for your first year. You don't need to register in Groningen yet. You do that in your second year.

Applicants who have not obtained their bachelor's degree in Germany or at the University of Groningen must apply additionally via uni-assist online and by post before 30 April 2018 and cover the handling fee of 75€. When applying via uni-assist, please select the programme 'MSc in Sociology and Social Research' at the University of Cologne: https://www.uni-assist.de/(...)e/uni-koeln/?lang=en

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system)

knowledge minimum

Very good intercultural and social skills

language test

Proof of sufficient language skills in English of at least C1 (CEFR) or equivalent (TOEFL min. ibt 100; IELTS min. 7.0; Cambridge CAE (B) or CPE (C))

previous education

A bachelor's degree with at least 18 ECTS in the field of Sociology or Social Psychology and at least 12 ECTS in the field of Methods in Quantitative Social Sciences, Applied Quantitative Empirical Social Research, or Statistics

professional experience

Relevant practical experience is desirable

reference letterNo further information
written request

Letter of motivation in English explaining the reasons for applying to the Double Master's Programme (approximately 500 words); CV

other admission requirements

The application deadline is 15 May. From the end of March onwards you can submit your application via the WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal: https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/studies/master/double-masters-programmes/demography-and-social-inequality/application/

Students with a Dutch previous education can contact Billie de Haas (b.de.haas@rug.nl) to apply for the Double Degree. After that you can register for the Master Sociology and Social Research at the University of Cologne for your first year. You don't need to register in Groningen yet. You do that in your second year.

Applicants who have not obtained their bachelor's degree in Germany or at the University of Groningen must apply additionally via uni-assist online and by post before 30 April and cover the handling fee of 75€. When applying via uni-assist, please select the programme 'MSc in Sociology and Social Research' at the University of Cologne: https://www.uni-assist.de/(...)e/uni-koeln/?lang=en

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
C1 Advanced (formerly CAE)B1
C2 Proficiency (formerly CPE)C1
IELTS overall band7
TOEFL paper based100
TOEFL computer based100
TOEFL internet based100

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time

Nationality Year Fee Programme form

At the University of Cologne: Students pay a semester contribution for the duration of their studies All students: €265 per semester including a student travel card valid for public transport

At University of Groningen: Students pay a statutory tuition or an institutional fee during their second year: For details, please see: https://www.rug.nl/education/international-students/financial-matters/.

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

The objective of the programme is to train young professionals and social scientists in the theories, analytical and methodological tools from both sociology and demography to conduct high quality research on how individuals' main life events (e.g. childbirth, education, marriage, occupation, divorce, death) both influence and are influenced by the social and geographical context in which they live.

The programme emphasizes the study of both advanced and developing societies from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamic perspective. After graduation you can find work in business, the government, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Demographers are trained to work with and interpret large data files. You can use these skills to make policy or develop programmes. You can also pursue an academic career and apply for a PhD position.

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offer support for your career preparation. The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/careers-company-frw/ More information about the UG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/next/

Research

Research

The Master's thesis topic is integrated in the research theme of the Population Research Centre: “Population and Wellbeing in Context” and See: https://www.rug.nl/research/ursi/prc/research/ and http://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/en/research/key-research-profile-areas/demography-social-inequality/

These research themes comprises topics such as: population decline, population ageing, social and economic inequality, global migration, life of migrants, healthy ageing in society, the sociology of the family, households, residence, studies on the labor market and working life, causes of death, child health, nutrition, access to health care, place making of elderly, and the assessment of social policies.
The double degree programme clearly reflects the major characteristics of the research programmes at PRC and by focusing on both the macro (population) and micro level (the demographic behaviour of people); by adopting multi-disciplinary perspectives (demography, epidemiology, anthropology, geography, social ageing, nutrition); by teaching both quantitative and qualitative research methods; by focusing on the translation of research into policies or interventions.
The students are being taught the theories, methods and skills that the different teachers apply in their research. They participate in seminars and discussion groups in an active research environment including guest lectures and seminars by established professionals from other demographic institutions.
Part of the second year in Groningen is the participation in the Dutch Demography Day - a conference for demographers - and an excursion to the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute in The Hague.

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Contact

If you want to know more about the programme DDM Demography and Social Inequality, please contact:

  • Saskia Enuma (Study advisor Spatial Sciences (Groningen))
    Email: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 36 33906
  • Drs. Nienke Harteveld (Study advisor Spatial Sciences (Groningen))
    Email: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
    Telephone: 050 36 33906
  • Xenia Elbrächter (Programme Management (Cologne))
    Email: wiso-dmp@uni-koeln.de
    Telephone: +49 (0)221 470-7702