DDM Demography and Social Inequality

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

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typedouble degree, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
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The Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality gives first-class students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme spend one year studying at each university and graduate with two master's degrees: a Master of Sciences in Sociology and Social Research issued by the University of Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studies issued by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The international master's programme focuses on demographic change, population dynamics and the challenges faced by modern societies due to increasing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and migration. Students will learn to apply advanced social research methods and data analysis, providing necessary tools to deal with current issues such as ageing, social inequality, family, integration and education, among others. Students will have the possibility of acquiring in-depth knowledge of these topics and developing interdisciplinary research skills.

For Dutch students, DAAD scholarships are available for the first year in Germany, see: https://bit.ly/duitsland-beurzen

Waarom aan de RUG?

Our programme is unique in its combination of analytical and social demography, its combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods, and its international, multidisciplinary and strong scientific orientation. Interactive ways of teaching are being employed by very enthusiastic and dedicated teachers. Within the Netherlands, Groningen is the only university offering an MSC in Population Studies.


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opbouwFor more information about the courses in this programme, please visit: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-double-degree-master-demography-and-social-inequality
1e jaar
Analysis of Cross-Section Data
9 EC
Special Methods of Analysis
9 EC
Sociological Theories, or Social Structure and Social Inequality, or Comparative Social Research
6 EC
Markets, Institutions, Organisations
6 EC
Research Seminar on Social Inequality and Demography onderzoek
15 EC
Analysis of Longitudinal Data
9 EC
Social Change, or Family, Education, Migration, or Special Aspects or Sociology and Social Research
6 EC
2e jaar
Working with Data in Population Research
5 EC
Optional courses MSc Population Studies keuzevak
10 EC
Population, Health and Place
5 EC
Migration, Families and Households
5 EC
Life Tables and Population Projections
5 EC
Master's Thesis Population Studies
20 EC
Advanced Statistical Analysis
5 EC
Contemporary Population Issues
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2022
wettelijk tarief : € 2209 (€1105 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 15487
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 16201

1 september 2023

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2023
collegegeld nog niet bekend


Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system = a 7 in Dutch)

Very good intercultural and social skills

English on VWO level or one of the following equivalents:

  • IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section
  • TOEFL internet based:
  • Overall: 90
  • Reading: 18
  • Listening: 18
  • Speaking: 20
  • Writing: 21
  • Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE)
  • Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure

A bachelor's degree with at least 15 ECTS (=18 ECTS in Germany) in the field of Sociology / Demography and at least 10 ECTS (= 12 ECTS in Germany) in Statistics. Demography courses may include Population Geographies, Migration and Development, Healthy Ageing and Population and Development.

UG students Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning have direct access to this double degree.

To meet the requirements of 15 ECTS in the field of Sociology / Demography you can follow the Minor Population, Development and Wellbeing with the course 'Sociale Welvaart'. Dutch-speaking students will then meet the Sociology content-knowledge entry requirements. See the website: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/minor-population-development-wellbeing

For the study year 2021-2022, some students can start their (pre)master's programme under certain conditions. This way, students can already take master courses whilst also finishing their bachelor's programme and study delay is limited as much as possible. This is refered to as the 'Zachte Knip' (soft cut). Please find the conditions and information about application on https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/introduction/zachte-knip/non-fss-students.

Relevant practical experience is desirable

reference letter

Letter of motivation in English explaining the reasons for applying to the Double Master's Programme (approximately 500 words); CV

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
303kamerhuur in Groningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1171totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


23 studenten volgen deze opleiding
65% daarvan is vrouw
7 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
86% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData


Ibn Battuta
Ibn Battuta is the Faculty Association of Spatial Sciences
Becoming a member of Ibn Battuta means you can join the social drinks, foreign trips, lectures and all other activities organized by the Association. At these events you come into contact with students from all years, which is a great way to make friends that can last a lifetime! Ibn Battuta also organizes informative and career-focused activities. Our informative activities, such as lectures, In-Housedays and the Career Day will help you to orient on your future.

Op kamers in Groningen

55216studenten studerend
31914studenten woonachtig   
€ 303gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête


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1/3 RUG
DDM Demography and Social Inequality
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
85% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/3 RUG
DDM Social Demography
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
85% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/3 RUG
Population Studies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
85% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


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In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

DDM Demography and Social Inequality aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is beoordeeld door 14 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.6 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

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 programme 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.

Throughout the year we offer support for practical career preparation and employability skills. Workshops are given about leadership, job interviews and how to present yourself. More information about the FSS Career Services.

Potentiële beroepen

coördinator sociologisch onderzoek
directeur onderzoeksinstelling sociale wetenschappen
leidinggevende sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
projectleider-coördinator sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoeker
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Reinier Schoep

Study advisor Spatial Sciences (Groningen)

E: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
T: 050-36 33906
Saskia Enuma

Study advisor Spatial Sciences (Groningen)

E: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
T: 050 36 33906
Drs. Nienke Harteveld

Study advisor Spatial Sciences (Groningen)

E: study.advice.fss@rug.nl
T: 050 36 33906
Xenia Elbrächter

Programme Management (Cologne)

E: wiso-dmp@uni-koeln.de
T: +49 (0)221 470-7702
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