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voltijd master Population Studies - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Population Studies

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Deze opleiding

!Deze opleiding communiceert alleen in het Engels.
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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 skills required to become a versatile demographer.

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee

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 programmes

The 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 professionals working at, for example, statistical offices or demographic departments of government agencies.

For further information, watch a webinar with prof. Clara Mulder about Migration and Family, and the Master Population Studies or visit the web class Population Studies (Brightspace and log in with username frw-Webclasspopstudies and password webpopst@050).

We also offer two double degree programmes: with the University of Cologne in Germany (Demography and Social Inequality) and with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain (Social Demography). You can also combine the Master in Population Studies with our top-rated Research Master in Spatial Sciences.

Master Open Day
Interested in learning more? The next Master Open Day is on Thursday 21 March. Sign up for the presentation via the Master's Week webpage (sign up opens on 1 March).

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 http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-master-population-studies and https://wiso.uni-koeln.de/de/studium/master/double-masters-programmes/demography-and-social-inequality/
Demographic Data and Analysis
5 EC
Population, Health and Place
5 EC
Qualitative Research for Policy & Practice
5 EC
Migration, Families and Households
5 EC
Population Projections & Sustainability
5 EC
Optional Courses
5 EC
Master's Thesis Population Studies
20 EC
Advanced Statistical Analysis
5 EC
Optional Courses
5 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
computer exercise, individual assignment, literature study, research, research project, oral presentation, practicum, self study, tutorial
study guidance
For any questions about your study planning, choice of study and personal circumstances that influence your study, you can contact the study advisors of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. For more information, see https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/study-advice?lang=en

Toelating en kosten


1 februari 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 januari 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800

1 september 2024

aanmelding deadline : 15 augustus 2024
wettelijk tarief : € 2530 (€1265 in het eerste jaar)
instellingstarief : € 19900
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 20800


If you are not directly admissible you can follow a pre-master programme. See more information in the pre-master guide: https://www.rug.nl/frw/education/pre-master

De stad


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.

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Webclass Population Studies: get an impression of the Master Population Studies.

To get an impression of the Master Population Studies and the population issues covered, visit our Webclass Population Studies.

Please go to www.rug.nl/nestor and log in with username frw-Webclasspopstudies and password webpopst2014!


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1/3 RUG
Population Studies
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
85% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
2/3 RUG
DDM Demography and Social Inequality
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
7 eerstejaars
85% vrouw
? uur contacttijd/week
3/3 RUG
DDM Social Demography
€ 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.

Na de studie

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Career options include working at:
  • local planning and government offices (e.g. muncipality, GGD)
  • (inter)national statistical offices (e.g. Statistics Netherlands, Eurostat)
  • demographic and interdisciplinary research institutes (e.g. NIDI, PBL, Oranjewoud, SCP, RIVM)
  • universities (e.g. RuG, Uva, UU, EUR, Tilburg, Wageningen, abroad)
  • agencies of the United Nations Development Group (UNFPA)
  • Non-governmental organizations (Healthnet TPO, doctors without borders)
  • Private companies (e.g. as data manager or communication expert)

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.

See where our alumni end up in this graphic!

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

The Master Population Studies trains you to become a versatile demographer. As a demographer you are competent in describing and analyzing both the population dynamics of different countries or regions and the demographic behaviour of individuals or population groups. Also you are an expert in predicting the likely demographic developments for the future.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the master programme, you are capable of reflecting on how the context in which we live affects individual demographic behaviour and leads to different population dynamics, which again has societal consequences. Individual demographic behaviour and population dynamics are crucial to understand because of their effects on the economy, the environment, social networks, social cohesion, health and healthcare, pension reforms and social security, family life and wellbeing. Governments, for example, use demographic knowledge in their policy-making, for planning purposes (schools, housing, health care) or to identify potential problems. Also, in international development cooperation, demographic information is crucial. Demographers have a good understanding of contemporary societal problems and issues that affect people in their daily life.

During the programme we offer support for your career preparation.

More information about the Careers Company
More information about the UG Career Services
See where our alumni end up in this graphic

Potentiële beroepen

coördinator sociologisch onderzoek
directeur onderzoeksinstelling sociale wetenschappen
leidinggevende sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
projectleider-coördinator sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek
sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoeker
bron: CBS


Saskia Enuma, Reinier Schoep, Nienke Harteveld

Study Advisors Faculty of Spatial Sciences

Meer informatie?
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