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Demography (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.  

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2022-2023 Scholarships for MSc in Demography

The Department of Social Statistics and Demography at the University of Southampton can offer up to four scholarships of £2,500 each for excellent UK (Home) students, to go towards paying the tuition fees for studying on our postgraduate programmes. To qualify, you need to have a first-class degree in relevant disciplines and strong motivation to study Demography, Applied Statistics, Social Research Methods with Applied Statistics and Global Health at the postgraduate level. To apply, please send a 500-word statement of intent and research interests and a CV to Professor Vicky Hosegood (for Global Health, or Dr Olga Maslovskaya (for all other programmes, by Friday the 8th of July 2022. Successful applicants will be notified on Monday the 18th of July 2022.


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 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.”
Beatrice Ope, 2020 graduate

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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