zum Inhalt springen
International study programme

Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality

in cooperation with the University of Groningen

Key facts

Partner: University of Groningen
Programme structure: First year at the University of Cologne, second year at the University of Groningen
Degrees: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Sociology: Social Research from the University of Cologne
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Population Studies from the University of Groningen
Duration: 4 semesters
Start: Fall term (October in Cologne)
Language: English
Fees: Students pay a social contribution at the University of Cologne for the duration of their studies (around €295per semester, including a public transport card). At the University of Groningen, students pay tuition during the second year of studies (around €2,200 for EU/EEA applicants; for more details on the exact tuition fees, please see the information on tuition fees at the University of Groningen).


As a student of the Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality, you benefit from the expertise of two top-ranking universities. You spend one year studying at the University of Cologne and one year at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and will graduate with two master’s degrees: a Master of Science in Sociology: Social Research from the University of Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studies from the University of Groningen. The programme is integrated into these degree programmes and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which you will write during your second year of studies.


During the two-year programme, you will focus on topics related to demographic change and dimensions of social inequality. You will receive a strong training in quantitative research methods and data analysis tools and will learn how to apply them to research questions to topics such as migration, education, health, income and changing family structures. Developing interdisciplinary research skills and gaining in-depth views of human demographic behaviour, will help you to get a better understanding of current issues related to social inequalities and cohesion.

Studying at two universities, will give you the opportunity of gaining international expertise, experiencing different study cultures and meeting people from different parts of the world.

Partner: University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the most prestigious universities in the Netherlands and among the top research universities in Europe. The university is known for its large international community and a global outlook. Researchers at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences focus on the achievement of well-being through sustainable spatial transformation as well as innovation.


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 regional, 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.



Would you like to know more details about the programme? Get in contact with me during my advising hour or anytime during regular office hours by phone.

Programme Management
Xenia Elbrächter, Phone: +49 (0)221 470-7702
Email: Contact form

Advising hour: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm by phone
For an in-person consultation on campus at the WiSo Student Services, you can schedule an appointment here.