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Social Sciences: Social Statistics & DemographyPart of Social Sciences

Who we are

Social statisticians develop and use the analytical tools that are vital in a thorough understanding of the social sciences. We work closely with economists and social policymakers, both within the University and beyond, on key issues facing society today.

Our activities are focused on the demographic issues surrounding health and wellbeing, sample survey theory and methods, and statistical modelling. Much of our work has an international perspective, as we collaborate with government and agencies around the world.

We offer an undergraduate degree, BSc Population and Geography, along with several postgraduate taught and research programmes. We also welcome enquiries from people interested in studying with us at PhD level.

Continuing professional development

Our popular MSc Official Statistics programme is unique. It is tailored to the advanced training needs of government statistical agencies and is built around intensive one-week 'modules'.

Cutting-edge research

We are known for the expertise and international scope of our researchers. Much of our work has global impact, aiding our partners in the development of policy worldwide.

Your skills will be in demand

Demography graduates are increasingly needed, as businesses and organisations seek better trained analysts with quantitative demographic skills.

Short courses

A programme of short courses on survey methods and a distance learning package prepare students for the professional examinations of the Royal Statistical Society.

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