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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. Holders of a certificate from the Bachelor's degree programme in 'Spatial Planning and Design (Technische Planologie)' of the University of Groningen or a certificate from the Bachelor's degree programme in Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning (Sociale Geografie & Planologie) from a Dutch university have direct access. Also holders of a bachelor's degree in 'Sociology', 'Social Psychology', 'Epidemiology', 'Global and Public Health', 'Nutrition and Health', 'Cultural Anthropology', 'Gerontology, 'International Relations', 'Development Studies', 'Statistics', 'Economics' and 'Liberal Arts and Sciences' from any research university (inter)nationally are expected to have the knowledge and skills required to start the degree programme, and are admitted to the degree programme on that basis. If you are not directly admissable you can follow a pre-master programme. See more information in the pre-master guide:
  2. Students with a Dutch or foreign certificate of higher education that indicates that they have knowledge, understanding and skills at the level of a university Bachelor's degree and who can demonstrate the following specific knowledge, understanding and skills will be admitted to the degree programme: a) knowledge of the subject of Population Studies at the level of holders of a certificate from the Bachelor's degree programme in 'Human Geography & Urban and Regional Planning' b) knowledge representing 10 ECTS in statistics courses or the student's statistical knowledge should be equivalent to that, shown by active knowledge of at least variance, association and correlation measures, chi-square tests, univariate and multivariate linear regression, the basics of matrix algebra and the basics of integration & differentiation. We assume that this includes some experience with EXCEL and with using statistical software programmes, such as SPSS, STATA and R.
  3. * IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section * TOEFL internet based 90, no less than 21 on each section * Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE) * University of Groningen LCET: Minimum section scores C2 or C1 (one B2 allowed) See: * Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure * An exemption can be given by the Admission Board.
Language requirements
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
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
2020 (FT)€ 2143n.a.n.a.

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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