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Population Studies

University of Groningen

Master Postgraduate Groningen

Course description

Qualification Master of Science
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary Are you interested in studying contemporary population issues like ageing, migration and global population growth? In the master programme Population Studies students learn the theories, methods and s
Course description Essential to understanding population dynamics is the study of people’s demographic behaviour, such as birth, health, migration, and death. The master programme focuses on these demographic events, on how decision-making regarding these life events is influenced by the economic, societal, cultural, and geographical context, and on how these demographic events have an impact on population-level trends. You will learn about:· Contemporary population issues as population ageing, integration of migrants, health inequalities and global population growth· Individual decision-making processes behind demographic events, such as family formation, residential choices and health care use· Collecting and interpreting demographic data· Methods and techniques to analyse demographic data: life tables, population projections, advanced statistical analysis, and qualitative research methods· Population policies and intervention programmesThe field of Population Studies reflects on and deals with contemporary demographic topics and related societal issues. The study is simultaneously concrete and broad.The Master in Population Studies is also interesting for mid-career
Study subjects -
Course objectives -
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes literature study, oral presentation, computer exercise, research, research project, tutorial, individual assignment, practicum, self study
Accreditation NVAO

About the institution

Department faculty of Spatial Sciences
Information about the institution Students and researchers from all over the world come to Groningen to expand their own boundaries as well as those of academia.


Admission requirements
  1. Applicants should have an Academic Bachelor degree with some background knowledge in Population Studies, incl. at least 10 ECTS in statistics or equivalent statistical knowledge. We assume that this represents active knowledge of at least variance, association and correlation measures, chi-square tests, bivariate and multivariate linear regression, the basics of matrix algebra and the basics of integration & differentiation, as well as some experience with EXCEL and with using statistical software programmes, such as SPSS, STATA and R. Applicants should have an interest in research.
  2. Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to population studies. The following disciplines have direct access: Sociology, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, and Spatial Planning and Design. These disciplines also have direct access: · Social Psychology · Epidemiology · Global and Public Health · Nutrition and Health · Cultural Anthropology · Gerontology · Development Studies · International Relations · Statistics · Economics Liberal Arts and Sciences: direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics and Cognition and Behaviour. Conditional access with Health & Life Sciences. No access with other majors. The direct access is conditional on sufficient English command and the knowledge minimum. If you are not directly admissable you can follow a pre-master programme. See more information in the pre-master guide:
  3. Applicants should be fluent in English and meet one of the following conditions: * English at VWO level * Comparable to IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic version) 6.5 (TOEFL: iBT 90), with minimum scores: * Listening 6.0 (TOEFL: 18) * Reading 6.0 (TOEFL: 18) * Writing 6.0 (TOEFL: 21) * Speaking 6.0 (TOEFL: 20) Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.5
TOEFL internet based 90
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 15 Aug 2019 1 May 2019
1 Feb 2020 15 Jan 2020 -
1 Sep 2020 15 Aug 2020 1 May 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2083€ 14650€ 14650

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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Saskia Enuma

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