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Postgraduate research

Social statistics and demography

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Join a community of researchers tackling today’s biggest challenges, such as helping to improve maternal health in India or improving access to water. We are known for our expertise and the application of cutting-edge quantitative and qualitative methods.


We were ranked 7th in the UK and in the top 15% in the world for Statistics and Operational Research in the World University Rankings by Subject, 2021. 

You'll join a lively and active community of researchers. We engage with policy-makers, non-governmental organisations, and governments worldwide. In the UK, we exchange knowledge with government agencies such as the Department for Work and Pensions and the Office for National Statistics. Around the world, we work with the World Health Organisation, UNFPA, DFID and the United Nations. 

You'll be supported by supervisors who'll provide guidance and direction. You'll benefit from our expertise in quantitative methods, measurement and methodology. Your training will introduce you to all aspects of the philosophy of social scientific research, as well as to the practical aspects of carrying out field-based research. 

In addition to giving research seminars at the University, you'll be encouraged to assist with our teaching programmes and be supported in this through training and mentorship. You'll have your own networked workstation and we have a dedicated computer lab equipped with the latest statistical software.

You'll gain the skills and experience to succeed as a professional statistician, demographer, or a global health specialist, or to pursue a career in research.

Main areas of research

We are a hub for understanding population change and the world around us. We aim to produce influential and innovative research that informs social policy and practice. 

Our interdisciplinary perspective covers a range of real-world challenges that impact everyday lives. We work with academics from across the University and the UK, and collaborate with researchers around the world. 

  • innovation in surveys and official statistics
  • family and social demography
  • innovation in quantitative demographic research
  • global health

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