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Social Statistics and DemographyPart of Economic, Social & Political Science


Our postgraduate training programmes provide the education you need to become a professional statistician, demographer, or a global health specialist, or to pursue a career in research. You will be equipped with a good understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods, critical thinking skills, and applied statistics. Our courses cover a broad range of topics, including population change, the global burden of disease, inequalities, statistical methods and theory, survey methodology, and trends in migration.

Our courses are taught by research-active internationally leading experts in a number of fields. Our research informs our teaching, for example providing an understanding of cutting-edge survey methodology or innovative demographic techniques. We provide our students with real-world examples of communicating our findings to clients and the broader public.

Shaping the landscape

Dr Sabu Padmadas explores the issues surrounding an ageing population, and postgraduate programmes relating to this

MSc Global Health

Funding opportunities

We have been recognised by the ESRC as an outlet for the receipt of its research training studentships. We are therefore able to offer financial support to well-qualified UK/EU candidates.

Broad range of research areas

Our research covers: demographic estimation and statistical modelling; the family, life course and ageing; historical demography; HIV/AIDS; reproductive and child health in the developing world; poverty and living standards in both rich and poor countries.

Studying as part of our community

Working towards a PhD can be challenging, but joining our friendly community of PhD students offers a supportive and inspirational environment.

Working with the best

You will be studying alongside internationally respected academics across all our research areas.

International scholarships

International scholarships

Our international scholarships are offered to self-funding international students with excellent qualifications.

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It was a combination of a great reputation for teaching and research and an impressive campus, that made me choose Southampton.
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