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Demography (MSc)

Master of Science
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1 year
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COVID-19: this course is not running in the 2020/21 academic year

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.

You’ll learn:

  • 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:

Flexible study

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.

Course lead

Your course leader is Dr Heini Väisänen. Heini is a Lecturer in Social Statistics and Demography and social demographer. Her research interests include sexual and reproductive health and the effect of life course events on health and wellbeing later in life. Visit Dr Väisänen’s profile page to learn more about her publications.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.