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Populations around the world change. Some countries need to control the growth of their population, others need to manage an ageing population. Healthy Ageing is one of the core research themes of the University of Groningen. Population Studies makes a very useful contribution to the field by conducting both formative and participatory research in e.g. the Netherlands, India and Tanzania. The research we conduct is presented to different societal stakeholders and policymakers.
> Highly ranked among Geography-related MScs in the Netherlands, average 8/10
> Only university in the Netherlands offering a Master’s in Population Studies
> International and multidisciplinary approach
> Combines analytical and social demography
> Works closely with the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR METHODOLOGY
Knowing the people behind the figures
Population Studies is about getting to know the people behind the figures. The focus is on individual behaviour and its links to the social context. By understanding individual behaviours at the micro level, we will improve our ability to predict what can happen at a macro level. This could be the link between smoking and health or longevity trends. Likewise, the social, economic and cultural contexts play a crucial role in shaping individual behaviours, and provides us with cues on how to advise on behaviour change. Demographers/population scientists have the necessary expertise to study social challenges both at the micro and macro levels. Drawing on an extensive set of theories, tools and techniques, our research-driven teaching ensures that students develop and apply their own demographic expertise. Our enthusiastic, multicultural staff and researchers ensure that learning is a pleasurable experience in Groningen.
This programme focuses on socially relevant issues. We draw on sociocultural, socioeconomic and political perspectives, from qualitative and quantitative approaches to discuss topics such as migration, household formation, ageing and health in the Netherlands and Europe as well as in developing countries.
Examples of key questions and themes include: What is the effect of the war in Syria and the movement of refugees on the population composition of receiving countries? What are the consequences of an economic crisis on someone’s education, relationship formation and family formation? What is the impact of population ageing on the housing market and the experience of place by older adults in Europe? How do young skilled people migrating from India to Europe experience European life? What is healthy ageing? What causes differences in health? How do inequalities play a role in health behaviour in Africa?
The Master’s programme offers an interdisciplinary and international approach, within a group of international staff and students. It has excellent evaluations.
Job prospects for graduates are good. You are trained to become a versatile demographer. Graduates have a good understanding of relevant societal problems and issues. You will be able to describe and analyse population processes and individual demographic behaviours, which is essential for policy, planning and development cooperation.
If you would like to follow a two-year programme and study in two different countries, sign up for the Double Degree in Social Demography. You follow the Master of Research in Sociology & Demography (UPF, Barcelona) during the first year, and the Master’s in Population Studies (Groningen) in the second.
Migration to rural areas
WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THIS MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMME?
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR METHODOLOGY
Are you interested in population issues like ageing, integration of migrants and health inequalities? Do you want to understand the background to and consequences of population dynamics in different parts of the world? The Master’s degree programme in Population Studies trains you in the theories, methods and skills needed to comprehend important population issues.