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In cooperation with the University of Groningen

Key Facts

  • Programme duration: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Programme start: Beginning of October in Cologne
  • Partner university: The University of Groningen ist one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of the Netherlands. The Faculty of Spatial Sciences is one of ten Faculties of the University. Its research focuses on the achievement of well-being through sustainable and socially acceptable spatial transformation as well as innovation.
  • Degrees awarded:
    Master of Science in Sociology and Social Research by the University of Cologne
    and Master of Science in Population Studies by the University of Groningen
  • Language: English
  • Tuition Fees: Students pay a social contribution at the University of Cologne during their first year (approx. €260 per semester, including a ticket for the public transport in the area of North-Rhine Westphalia). In addition, students have to pay tuition at the University of Groningen during their second year (approx. €1,980 for EU applicants; for more details on the exact tuition fee, please see the website of University of Groningen).

Programme

The Double Master’s Programme in Demography and Social Inequality focuses on demographic change and the challenges faced by modern societies due to increasing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and migration. The study programme aims at providing students with a broad methodological expertise and knowledge of a variety of theoretical approaches to human behaviour. Students gain an in-depth understanding of human demographic behaviour and various dimensions of social inequality such as education, social participation and income. The programme will enhance their knowledge on population dynamics and provide necessary methods and tools for analysing and researching demographic data in order to predict individual demographic behaviour and population dynamics.

Students of the Double Master’s Programme in Demography and Social Inequality complete their first year at the University of Cologne and their second year at the University of Groningen. Students follow a study path that is integrated into the regular course offer of both universities. The programme is based on the mutual recognition of credit points and includes a joint master’s thesis which is supervised by professors at both universities.

After successful completion of the programme, students are awarded two degrees: a Master of Science in Sociology and Social Research by the University of Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studies by the University of Groningen.

Course offer

Students can benefit from a great complementing course offer.

Please access the course catalogues from the academic year 2015-16 to get an impression on the content of the courses. There might be minor changes in the course catalogues for the upcoming academic year:

 PDF Course catalogue UoC
 Course catalogue RUG

Career perspectives

Graduates of the Double Master's Programme of Demography and Social Inequality will be particularly well prepared for careers that require extensive academic knowledge of social research and demography on a national or international scale. Graduates will have developed a deep understanding of the effects of population dynamics on the economy, family life, social cohesion and health. Possible areas of employment include:

  • Research and academic institutions;
  • Local and federal government institutions concerned with economic and social policies;
  • Demographic institutes and statistical agencies;
  • Development organisations;
  • Human resource departments of government institutions or corporations.

Are you interested in the Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality in cooperation with the University of Groningen? Please see here for more detailed information on entry requirements and the application process.

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