For more information about DDM Social demography at University of Groningen, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award
MSc

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About DDM Social demography 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 International Master in SocialDemography is a Double Degree Program offeredjointly by the Department of Political and Social Sciences of theUniversitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) of Barcelona and the Faculty ofSpatial Sciences of the University of Groningen (UG). After thesuccessful completion of the program students end up with twoofficial diplomas: Master ofResearch in Sociology and Demography, issued by theUniversity Pompeu Fabra, and Master ofScience in Population Studies, issued by the University ofGroningen. 

The double degree program, which is entirely offered in English,combines the strengths of two of the highest-ranked Social ScienceDepartments in Europe to offer high level research training inSociology and Demography.

The programme emphasizes the study of both advanced anddeveloping societies from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamicperspective.

See the flyer:http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/more-education/FlyerDDMSocialDemography.pdf

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 International Master in SocialDemography is a Double Degree Program offeredjointly by the Department of Political and Social Sciences of theUniversitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) of Barcelona and the Faculty ofSpatial Sciences of the University of Groningen (UG). After thesuccessful completion of the program students end up with twoofficial diplomas: Master ofResearch in Sociology and Demography, issued by theUniversity Pompeu Fabra, and Master ofScience in Population Studies, issued by the University ofGroningen.

The double degree program, which is entirely offered in English,combines the strengths of two of the highest-ranked Social ScienceDepartments in Europe to offer high level research training inSociology and Demography.

The programme emphasizes the study of both advanced anddeveloping societies from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamicperspective. 

See the flyer:http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/more-education/FlyerDDMSocialDemography.pdf

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 program emphasizes the study of both advanced and developingsocieties from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamicperspective.

After graduation you can find work in business, the government,or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Demographers are trainedto work with and interpret large data files. You can use theseskills 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 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 program emphasizes the study of both advanced and developingsocieties from an unique interdisciplinary and dynamicperspective.

After graduation you can find work in business, the government,or non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Demographers are trainedto work with and interpret large data files. You can use theseskills 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 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/

Download brochureDownload brochure

Study options for this course

  • 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 study24 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Students must have an adequate knowledge of research methods andtechniques (students must have taken and passed one statisticalcourse during their previous studies)

certified competencesNo further information
language test

English language requirement: comparable to TOEFL 90 or IELTS6.5. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A,B,C).Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A,B,C). Exemptions:Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States ofAmerica, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom,Ireland.

previous education

Students must hold a university degree (undergraduate and/orgraduate) in a relevant discipline, e.g. the field of socialsciences, law, humanities or health sciences, and have a graduationdate no later than the start of the programme

other admission requirements

Students can apply through either institution. All applicationswill be looked at by both institutions. If accepted, students willreceive one joint admission letter. Double Degree students are notadmitted to the separate master programs offered within the double degree, but to the complete joint program only. To graduate, theymust pass all the requirements of the double degree program.

Students who wish to apply for admission to the double degreethrough the UPF need to follow the procedure set up for allstudents who request admission into UPF's Research Master inSociology and Demography. In the required letter of motivation for admission, please indicate CLEARLY your interest to apply for thedouble degree (Master in Social Demography with the University ofGroningen).

More information and apply here for UPF: https://www.upf.edu/(...)groningen-university

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
additional subject

Students must have an adequate knowledge of research methods andtechniques (students must have taken and passed one statisticalcourse during their previous studies)

certified competences

Students must have demonstrated their English languageproficiency by submitting the results of either TOEFL (100 IBT),IELTS (minimum 6.5 overall, no part less than 6.0), or CambridgeProficiency or Cambridge Advanced (A-B-C) or any other certificateequivalent to B.2.2

previous education

Students must hold a university degree (undergraduate and/orgraduate) in a relevant discipline, e.g. the field of socialsciences, law, humanities or health sciences, and have a graduationdate no later than the start of the programme.

other admission requirements

Students can apply through either institution. All applicationswill be looked at by both institutions. If accepted, students willreceive one joint admission letter. Double Degree students are notadmitted to the separate master programs offered within the double degree, but to the complete joint program only. To graduate, theymust pass all the requirements of the double degree program.

Students who wish to apply for admission to the double degreethrough the UPF need to follow the procedure set up for allstudents who request admission into UPF's Research Master inSociology and Demography. In the required letter of motivation for admission, please indicate CLEARLY your interest to apply for thedouble degree (Master in Social Demography with the University ofGroningen).

More information and apply here for UPF: https://www.upf.edu/(...)groningen-university

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students15 June 201801 September 2018
15 June 201901 September 2019
non-EU/EEA students15 May 201801 September 2018
15 May 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 July 201801 September 2018
15 July 201901 September 2019
Type of studentDeadlineStart course
EU/EEA students15 June 201801 September 2018
15 June 201901 September 2019
Download brochureDownload brochureApply for this programmeApply for this programmeApply for this programme

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.

Ask a question

Ask University of Groningen for more information by completing this form

Desired Start Year

Your question will be sent directly to University of Groningen. Your question is subject to the StudyLink terms and conditions. On submitting this form you are consenting to us sharing the information you have supplied with University of Groningen inline with the StudyLink privacy policy.

Location of University of Groningen

University of Groningen main campus is shown on the map below:

Explore University of Groningen

Click the following videos and images to expand or play