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Social Sciences: Social Statistics & DemographyPart of Social SciencesPostgraduate study

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Why social statistics?

Life is full of uncertainty. Decision-making, whether in the context of a commercial venture, medical practice or forming social policy, is inherently risky. To reduce the risk of making the wrong decision, we need information and hard evidence.

It is statisticians who provide the data and analysis on which decisions can be made.

Professional statisticians need a high degree of technical sophistication, which can only be gained through postgraduate study. In addition, they need to be able to listen to the needs of clients and to communicate their findings to the user community. These skills are also developed in our postgraduate programmes.

Why demography?

Population continues to be one of the most important issues facing society. Barely a week goes by without some mention of population issues in the media.

Demography graduates are increasingly in demand, as businesses and organisations require better trained analysts with quantitative demographic skills. The health and social care professions, market research, local and national government departments, international organisations and many other agencies all require a sound social statistical basis for decision-making.

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“The teaching staff are extremely experienced and have vast knowledge of developing countries.”

Gloria Langat - PhD in Demography

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