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 International Master in Social Demography is a Double Degree Program offered jointly by the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) of Barcelona and the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen (UG). After the successful completion of the program students end up with two official diplomas: Master of Research in Sociology and Demography, issued by the University Pompeu Fabra, and Master of Science in Population Studies, issued by the University of Groningen.
The double degree program, which is entirely offered in English, combines the strengths of two of the highest-ranked Social Science Departments in Europe to offer high level research training in Sociology and Demography.
The programme emphasizes the study of both advanced and developing societies from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamic perspective.
Studying in both countries provides different experiences on all levels: cultures, societies and educational systems vary greatly!
After my bachelor studies in East Asian Studies and Psychology at the University of Groningen, I was looking for an interdisciplinary programme that would support me in broadening my horizon and developing research skills.
Since quantitative skills were only a small fraction of my earlier studies, the double degree programme in Social Demography allowed me to gain substantive theoretical knowledge and practical expertise. I also appreciated the range in subjects that became available through the programme. When I saw the programme I just knew: this is it!
I believe that the combination of the programmes in two countries is one of the most valuable elements. Through this, the exposure to international lecturers as well as different types of students from all backgrounds is immense. The exchange generates great ideas and forces oneself to think outside the box. What makes this a great programme is that studying in both countries provides different experiences on all levels: cultures, societies and educational systems vary greatly.
If it feels right but you are still hesitant: just go ahead and apply! You won't regret it.