About this course
Demography is the study of human populations, their size, density and distribution. Discover how to gather and analyse demographic data and population change on our MSc Demography degree. You’ll explore historical and current population trends in developing and developed countries and the social and economic impact of demographic change.
Graduate with the quantitative analysis skills to support social policy-making across a range of sectors.
Understanding demographic change helps strategic decision-making across a range of sectors. From health and social care to local and national government and international organisations. It’s also an important way to inform market research.
On this UK master’s course in demography, you’ll look at issues such as population and reproductive health. You’ll cover demographic methods and approaches, and both qualitative and quantitative social science research methods.
- demography theory and methodologies
- the skills to plan, carry out and share demography research, especially where statistical analysis methods are important
- research methodologies, focusing on demographic methods, survey design and analysis
- critical thinking in the context of population sciences.
- how to prepare to become a demographer in areas like government, local authorities, and international health and policy
You’ll benefit from the cutting-edge research conducted in our research centres led by professors from our department:
- Economic and Social Research Council Centre for Population Change
- Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty and Policy
- Economic and Social Research Council National Centre for Research Method
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
Your course leader is Dr Olga Maslovskaya, Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography within Economic, Social and Political Sciences. Her research interests include survey research, survey methodology, social statistics, quantitative research methods and demography. Read Dr Maslovskaya's staff profile to find out more about her work.
“Studying at Southampton has been an awesome experience. The environment is very green with top-notch learning resource facilities.”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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