This MSc programme is ideal for those who wish to acquire technical expertise in demographic measurement and estimation; and in understanding the interlinkages between population health, sexual behaviour, fertility, ageing, inequality and migration.

  • By the end of the programme you will be able to:
  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of population trends in low-, middle- and high-income settings
  • identify causes and consequences of population change and relate these to underlying population dynamics
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of demographic behaviour in social, economic and policy contexts
  • use demographic and health data and appropriate methods of analysis to study policy-relevant research questions

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Study Details:

MSc 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. Students can choose to attend part-time throughout both years or by split-study.

Module Details:

Compulsory modules:

  • Demographic Methods
  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Population Studies
  • Principles of Social Research
  • Statistics for Epidemiology and Population Health
  • Population Dynamics & Projections

Elective modules include:

  • Research Design & Analysis
  • Family Planning Programmes
  • Population, Poverty and Environment
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Analysing Survey & Population Data

Project report

You will complete a summer research project. This usually revolves around an empirical analysis of an existing dataset, though some students conduct literature reviews or collect and analyse primary data.

Programme Funding

This programme has funding available for 2018/19, and is currently accepting applications. Three studentships funded by the Population Investigation Committee (PIC) are open for application to those planning a career in demographic research or in an area where demographic skills are a necessity. The full value of each studentship award is GBP 15,000.00. For more details, please visit our scholarships page.

Student Destinations

Graduates have careers in public health, academic research of a very wide nature, NGOs, reproductive health programmes, health services, government statistical offices, policy and planning.


Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to the programme. Additionally students will need to show evidence of numeracy skills. Intercalating medical students may apply.

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