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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 14350

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About DDM Demography and Social Inequality at University of Groningen

What impact did the recent economic crisis have on individuals' living and working conditions, on individuals' study and career choices, on social inequalities and social cohesion?

The Double Master's Programme in Demography and SocialInequality gives first-class students the opportunity to benefitfrom the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities.Participants of the programme spend one year studying at eachuniversity and graduate with two master's degrees: a Master ofSciences in Sociology and Social Research issued by the Universityof Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studiesissued by the University ofGroningen in the Netherlands. 

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

What impact did the recent economic crisis have on individuals' living and working conditions, on individuals' study and career choices, on social inequalities and social cohesion?

The Double Master's Programme in Demography and SocialInequality gives first-class students the opportunity to benefitfrom the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities.Participants of the programme spend one year studying at eachuniversity and graduate with two master's degrees: a Master ofSciences in Sociology and Social Research issued by the Universityof Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studiesissued by the University ofGroningen in the Netherlands. 

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

After your studies

Job prospects

The objective of the programme is to train young professionalsand social scientists in the theories, analytical andmethodological tools from both sociology and demography to conducthigh quality research on how individuals' main life events (e.g.childbirth, education, marriage, occupation, divorce, death) bothinfluence and are influenced by the social and geographical contextin which they live.

The programme emphasizes the study of both advanced anddeveloping societies from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamicperspective. After graduation you can find work in business, thegovernment, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Demographersare trained to work with and interpret large data files. You canuse these skills to make policy or develop programmes. You can alsopursue an academic career and apply for a PhD position.

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offersupport for your career preparation. The Career Services areprovided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/(...)careers-company-frw/More information about the UG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/next/

The objective of the programme is to train young professionalsand social scientists in the theories, analytical andmethodological tools from both sociology and demography to conducthigh quality research on how individuals' main life events (e.g.childbirth, education, marriage, occupation, divorce, death) bothinfluence and are influenced by the social and geographical contextin which they live.

The programme emphasizes the study of both advanced anddeveloping societies from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamicperspective. After graduation you can find work in business, thegovernment, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Demographersare trained to work with and interpret large data files. You canuse these skills to make policy or develop programmes. You can alsopursue an academic career and apply for a PhD position.

During the programme at the University of Groningen we offersupport for your career preparation. The Career Services areprovided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company: http://www.rug.nl/(...)careers-company-frw/More information about the UG Career Services: http://www.rug.nl/next/

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course feesEUR 14350

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German gradingsystem)

knowledge minimum

Very good intercultural and social skills

language test

Proof of sufficient language skills in English of at least C1(CEFR) or equivalent (TOEFL min. ibt 100; IELTS min. 7.0; CambridgeCAE (B) or CPE (C))

previous education

An excellent bachelor's degree with at least 18 ECTS in thefield of Sociology or Social Psychology and at least 12 ECTS in thefield of Methods in Quantitative Social A bachelor's degree with atleast 18 ECTS in the field of Sociology or Social Psychology and atleast 12 ECTS in the field of Methods in Quantitative SocialSciences, Applied Quantitative Empirical Social Research, orStatistics

professional experience

Relevant practical experience is desirable

reference letterNo further information
written request

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

other admission requirements

The application deadline is 15 May 2018. From the end of Marchonwards you can submit your application via the WiSo Faculty'sMaster's Application Portal: https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/(...)quality/application/

Applicants who have not obtained their bachelor's degree inGermany or at the University of Groningen must apply additionallyvia uni-assist online and by post before 30 April 2018 and coverthe handling fee of 75€. When applying via uni-assist, pleaseselect the programme 'MSc in Sociology and Social Research' at theUniversity of Cologne. For the second year in Groningen you also have to apply inStudielink before August 15 (for the year you are studying in Groningen).

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

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

knowledge minimum

Very good intercultural and social skills

language test

Proof of sufficient language skills in English of at least C1(CEFR) or equivalent (TOEFL min. ibt 100; IELTS min. 7.0; CambridgeCAE (B) or CPE (C))

previous education

A bachelor's degree with at least 18 ECTS in the field ofSociology or Social Psychology and at least 12 ECTS in the field ofMethods in Quantitative Social Sciences, Applied QuantitativeEmpirical Social Research, or Statistics

professional experience

Relevant practical experience is desirable

written request

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

other admission requirements

The application deadline is 15 May 2018. From the end of Marchonwards you can submit your application via the WiSo Faculty'sMaster's Application Portal: https://www.wiso.uni-koeln.de/(...)quality/application/

Applicants who have not obtained their bachelor's degree inGermany or at the University of Groningen must apply additionallyvia uni-assist online and by post before 30 April 2018 and coverthe handling fee of 75€. When applying via uni-assist, pleaseselect the programme 'MSc in Sociology and Social Research' at theUniversity of Cologne. For the second year in Groningen you also have to apply inStudielink before August 15 (for the year you are studying inGroningen).

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced)B1
CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency)C1
IELTS overall band7
TOEFL paper based100
TOEFL computer based100
TOEFL internet based100

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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