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University of Southampton · Social Statistics / Population Sciences and Demography

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Entry requirements

We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, an upper second-class honours degree or higher in any of the social sciences or geography, or in other disciplines, such as mathematics or statistics, where previous training is of particular relevance to population analysis.

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Demography provides instruction on contemporary demographic issues, demographic methods and approaches, as well as general social science research methods – both qualitative and quantitative. We welcome students with limited background in quantitative methods. This programme is suitable for those, who would like to learn more about demography, qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Graduates from this programme will be equipped to undertake quantitative analysis to support social policymaking locally, nationally and internationally in the health and social care professions, market research, local and national government departments, international organisations and the many other agencies that require a sound demographic analysis for decision-making.

Intrigued by the key issues brought on by the constant changes in global populations? Then apply for a Masters in Demography at the University of Southampton to see the world in a different light by understanding population change and the methods of researching ageing societies. Through this masters degree, you can examine population and reproductive health as well as the population trends in both developed and developing countries.

The Masters in Demography degree can lead to a national or international career as a highly trained population scientist in the public, private or third sectors.

Information for international students

Population Investigation Committee Masters Studentship Scheme Scholarships and Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are available.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

We are partnering with the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (CSC) to offer international scholarships to support students from select Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study a Masters programme in the United Kingdom. The CSC is accepting applications for the MSc Demography 2020 entry.

The scholarship offers full funding including fees, a monthly stipend payment and travel costs.

To check your eligibility and find out how to apply for the scholarship, please visit the Shared Scholarships section of our Commonwealth scholarships page and the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website.

We are looking for excellent candidates to apply for the Population Investigation Committee Masters Studentship Scheme for the upcoming academic year. The scheme is addressed to candidates applying for a one-year MSc programme with high demographic content. At the University of Southampton, MSc Demography and MSc Social Research Methods with Applied Statistics are eligible.

The studentships are restricted to students who have settled status in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for at least three years. You should have at a minimum a 2:1 first degree, but in exceptional circumstances this requirement may be relaxed.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    27 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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