Population Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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Are you interested in population issues like ageing, integration of migrants and poverty? The MSc Population Studies from University of Groningen trains you in theories, methods and skills needed to comprehend population dynamics.


Essential to understanding population dynamics is the study of demographic behaviour of people, in terms of their life events, e.g. birth, marriage, divorce, health, migration, and death. The master programme focuses on these demographic events, on how decision-making regarding these life events is influenced by the historical, economic, societal, cultural, and medical context, and on how these demographic events have an impact on population-level trends.

Through the Population Studies programme from University of Groningen ypu will learn about:

  • Pressing population issues as population ageing, integration of migrants, health inequalities and poverty
  • Individual decision-making processes behind demographic events, such as family formation, residential choices and migration, and health care use
  • Collecting and interpreting demographic data
  • Methods and techniques to analyze demographic data: life table, population projections, advanced survey analysis, qualitative research methods
  • Population policies and intervention programmes

The field of Population Studies reflects on and deals with currently relevant demographic topics and related societal issues. The study is simultaneously concrete and broad.

Job prospects

The Master Population Studies trains you to become a versatile demographer. As a demographer you are competent in describing and analyzing both the population dynamics of different countries or regions and the demographic behaviour of individuals or population groups. Also you are an expert in predicting the likely demographic developments for the future.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the master programme, you are capable of reflecting on how the context in which we live affects individual demographic behaviour and leads to different population dynamics, which again has societal consequences. Individual demographic behaviour and population dynamics are crucial to understand because of their effects on the economy, the environment, social networks, social cohesion, health and healthcare, pension reforms and social security, family life and wellbeing. Governments, for example, use demographic knowledge in their policy-making, for planning purposes (schools, housing, health care) or in the localisation of potential problems. Also, for development cooperation, demographic information is crucial. Demographers have a good understanding of contemporary societal problems and issues that affect people in their daily life.


Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Population, Health and Place 
  • Working with Data in Population Research
  • Electives (such as Population & Development, Employment & the Life Course, Wellbeing & Liveability
  • Life Tables and Population Projections
  • Migration, Families & Households 
  • Advanced Statistical Analyses 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Students should have a Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to population studies. The disciplines listed above have direct access. These disciplines also have direct access:

  • Social Psychology
  • Epidemiology
  • Global and Public Health
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Gerontology
  • Development Studies
  • Statistics
  • Economics

The direct access is conditional on sufficient English command and the knowledge minimum.

For all disciplines mentioned above achieved at a university of applied science, you can do a pre-master of max 30 ECTS.

For more information, please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Groningen

  • 750 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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