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DDM Social Demography

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.

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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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  • Testimonial van Antje Bieberstein

    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.

    – Antje Bieberstein
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