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In cooperation with the University of Groningen

Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality

Key facts

  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Programme structure: First year at the University of Cologne and second year at the University of Groningen
  • Start: Fall term (beginning of October in Cologne)
  • Partner: The University of Groningen is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the Netherlands and among the top research universities in Europe. The university is known for its large international community. Researchers at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences focus on the achievement of well-being through sustainable and socially acceptable spatial transformation as well as innovation.
  • Degrees awarded: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Sociology and Social Research by the University of Cologne and Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Population Studies by the University of Groningen
  • Language: English
  • Fees: Students pay a social contribution at the University of Cologne for the duration of their studies (around €285 per semester, including a public transport card). At the University of Groningen, students pay tuition during the second year of studies (around €2,150 for EU/EEA applicants; for more details on the exact tuition fees, please see the information on tuition fee of University of Groningen).

Programme

The Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality focuses on demographic change and the challenges faced by modern societies due to increasing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and migration. You gain an in-depth understanding of human demographic behaviour and various dimensions of social inequality such as education, social participation and income. The programme provides methods and tools for analysing and researching demographic data in order to predict individual demographic behaviour and population dynamics.

The programme is integrated into the Master of Science in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Cologne and the Master of Science in Population Studies at the University of Groningen and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which is written during the second year of study.

Courses

The courses available at the two universities complement each other very well, providing a wide range from which you can benefit greatly. Please consult the UoC course catalogue and the RUG course catalogue to get an impression of the content of the courses. There may be minor changes in the course catalogues for upcoming academic years.

Career prospects

Graduates of the Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality are well prepared for careers that require extensive academic knowledge of social research and demography on a national or international scale. They are able to develop a deep understanding of the effects of population dynamics on the economy, family structures, social cohesion and health. Possible areas of employment include:

  • research and academic institutions,
  • local and federal government institutions concerned with economic and social policies,
  • demographic institutes and statistical agencies,
  • development organisations and
  • human resource departments of government institutions or corporations.

Application

Would you like to know the entry requirements and how to apply? Take a look at our application website.