University of Groningen offers Demography master studies

Posted by Maria Codina on January 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Are you interested in population issues such as reproductive health, integration of migrants and healthy ageing? The University of Groningen offers the one-year topmaster programme in Population Studies, which trains students in theories, methods and skills needed to comprehend population dynamics worldwide.

The field of Population Studies reflects on and deals with currently relevant demographic topics and related societal issues. You will learn about:

  • Pressing population issues as population ageing, integration of migrants, health inequalities and poverty
  • Individual decision-making processes behind demographic events, such as family formation, residential choices and migration, and health care use
  • Collecting and interpreting demographic data
  • Methods and techniques to analyse demographic data: life tables, population projections, advanced survey analysis, and qualitative research methods
  • Population policies and intervention programmes

For students interested in a two-year master, we offer two double degree programmes which combine Populations Studies with a related master programme in another country. The double degree in Demography and Social Inequality is organized with the University of Cologne in Germany. The double degree in Social Demography is organized with the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.

For more information about these programmes, please visit

The deadline to apply for the master is the 15th of August 2018.

Testimonial of Yohannes Dibaba Wado, Ethiopia

Population Studies in Groningen is known for its research

I decided to come to Groningen, because the Master’s programme in Population Studies offered in Groningen is of good quality, and is known for its research and practice oriented education. Such education is not available in developing countries like my own.

The topics studied here are very relevant to the real world problems. Although we need to work hard in the one-year Master ‘s programme, I have not faced problems so far. I enjoyed the intensive guidance from the teachers and enjoyed being in the company of my fellow students, both Dutch students and students from other countries all over the world. Because we are a relatively small group, we can have lively discussions and close contacts. With the knowledge and skills obtained in the Master’s programme, I would like to work as a researcher in Population/Reproductive Health issues in Ethiopia. For the moment, I am looking for possibilities to extend my training in Groningen through a PhD position.



Yohannes Dibaba Wado, Ethiopia