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DDM Social Demography

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 successful completion of the programme, 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 programme, 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 a unique interdisciplinary and dynamic perspective.

See the flyer: http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/more-education/FlyerDDMSocialDemography.pdf

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Population Studies
Course type
Double Degree master
Duration
24 months (100 ECTS)
Croho code
60658
Language of instruction
English
Start
September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The program combines the strengths of two of the highest-ranked Social Science Departments in Europe to offer high level research training in Sociology and Demography. It emphasizes the study of both advanced and developing societies from a dynamic perspective, using analytical and methodological tools from two disciplines. The program has a unique approach for understanding how individuals' main life events both influence and are influenced by the social context in which they live.

Programme
Courses
Analysis of Social Inequalities (5 EC)
Demographic Changes and Social Dynamics (5 EC)
Design, Evaluation and Analysis of Questionnaires for Survey Research (5 EC, optional)
Foundations of Political and Social Research (5 EC, optional)
Gender, Family and Society (5 EC)
Health and Inequality (5 EC, optional)
Labour Economics (5 EC, optional)
Migrations and Society (5 EC, optional)
Social Policies and the Welfare State (5 EC)
Statistical Analysis Techniques I (5 EC)
Statistical Analysis Techniques II (5 EC)
Periods
Courses1234
Advanced Qualitative Research (5 EC, optional)
Population, Health and Place (5 EC)
Working with Data in Population Research (5 EC)
Optional courses MSc Population studies (10 EC)
Life Tables & 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)

Curriculum

For detailed information on UPF' first year course contents and syllabi: https://www.upf.edu/web/mastersociologydemography/groningen-university More information about these courses can be found on http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-double-degree-master-social-demography

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Students must have an adequate knowledge of research methods and techniques (students must have taken and passed one statistical course during their previous studies)

certified competences

Students must have demonstrated their English language proficiency by submitting the results of either TOEFL (100 IBT), IELTS (minimum 6.5 overall, no part less than 6.0), or Cambridge Proficiency or Cambridge Advanced (A-B-C) or any other certificate equivalent to B.2.2

previous education

Students must hold a university degree (undergraduate and/or graduate) in a relevant discipline, e.g. the field of social sciences, law, humanities or health sciences, and have a graduation date no later than the start of the programme.

other admission requirements

Students with a non-Dutch previous education can apply through either institution. All applications will be looked at by both institutions.

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 of Research in Sociology and Demography at UPF for your first year. You don't need to register in Groningen yet. You do that in your second year.

If accepted, students will receive one joint admission letter. Double Degree students are not admitted to the separate master programs offered within the double degree, but to the complete joint program only. To graduate, they must pass all the requirements of the double degree program.

Students who wish to apply for admission to the double degree through the UPF need to follow the procedure set up for all students who request admission into UPF's Research Master in Sociology and Demography. In the required letter of motivation for admission, please indicate CLEARLY your interest to apply for the double degree (Master in Social Demography with the University of Groningen).

More information and register here for UPF: https://www.upf.edu/web/mastersociologydemography/groningen-university

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Students must have an adequate knowledge of research methods and techniques (students must have taken and passed one statistical course during their previous studies)

certified competencesNo further information
language test

English language requirement: comparable to TOEFL 90 or IELTS 6.5. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A,B,C). Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A,B,C). Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.

previous education

Students must hold a university degree (undergraduate and/or graduate) in a relevant discipline, e.g. the field of social sciences, law, humanities or health sciences, and have a graduation date no later than the start of the programme

other admission requirements

Students with a non-Dutch previous education can apply through either institution. All applications will be looked at by both institutions.

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 of Research in Sociology and Demography at UPF for your first year. You don't need to register in Groningen yet. You do that in your second year.

If accepted, students will receive one joint admission letter. Double Degree students are not admitted to the separate master programs offered within the double degree, but to the complete joint program only. To graduate, they must pass all the requirements of the double degree program.

Students who wish to apply for admission to the double degree through the UPF need to follow the procedure set up for all students who request admission into UPF's Research Master in Sociology and Demography. In the required letter of motivation for admission, please indicate CLEARLY your interest to apply for the double degree (Master in Social Demography with the University of Groningen).

More information and apply here for UPF: https://www.upf.edu/web/mastersociologydemography/groningen-university

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 July 201901 September 2019
15 July 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students15 June 201901 September 2019
15 June 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students15 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition fees

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 program 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

The Master's thesis topic is integrated in the research theme of the Population Research Centre: “Population and Wellbeing in Context” and in the research theme of the socio-demographic research group of UPF.

See: http://www.rug.nl/research/ursi/prc/research/ and http://www.upf.edu/demosoc/

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 UPF by focussing 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 Social Demography, 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
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						Testimonial of Antje Bieberstein

    Studying in both countries provides different experiences on all levels: cultures, societies and educational systems vary greatly!

    – Antje Bieberstein
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    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.

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(Binding) study advice

Students must pass at least 6 courses (30 ECTS) in their first year at UPF to be allowed to register at RUG in their second year. At least one of the six courses to be passed (5 ECTS) must be in Techniques of Statistical Analysis.