About the subject

We offer the only comprehensive programme of demographic training in Sweden. Our master’s programme taught in English will give you strong skills in quantitative methods, instruction from internationally renowned professors and a solid base for a career in various types of organizations.

Demography is the scientific study of human populations. The main task of demography is to describe and analyse population development in various social contexts and time periods as well as to investigate causes and consequences of changing population structures (i.e. variations in the distribution of people across different ages and the proportions of men and women). Demographic knowledge is essential for social planning and for understanding how a society functions.

Our master’s programme has a strong link to the interdisciplinary research conducted at the Stockholm University Demography Unit, which is an international site for cutting-edge demographic research. Disciplines included are Demography, Sociology, Human Geography, statistics, public health and more.

You will learn about major future challenges related to the changing structure of future populations including fertility, mortality and migration from internationally renowned professors.

Quantitative methods and data science are crucial parts of the programme, but we also welcome students with limited background in statistics. You will learn practical skills in the management of quantitative data, planning of statistical analyses and working knowledge of basic statistics.

Our research is based on unique Swedish population data, allowing us to draw conclusions from our studies with high accuracy. Sweden, along with other Nordic countries, is also known to be a fore-runner in emerging family forms and behaviors like divorce, childbearing and family reconstitution. Studies on Swedish population data is therefore relevant for policy makers in many countries.

Career opportunities

Skills in quantitative methods and data science are sought after in many fields. Within this programme, you have the opportunity to apply for an internship at a workplace. As a demographer, you can apply for a variety of jobs, including as a researcher for governments, ministries, municipalities, charities and international organizations; or as a community planner, forecaster or analyst at organizations like Statistics Sweden, SIDA, and the UN. Demographers can also apply for positions at insurance companies, investment organizations, and a range of other businesses.

Courses and programmes


A master’s degree in Demography can only be obtained through enrolment in the master program listed under Educations within the subject.

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Our researchers specialize in various fields in population studies, including: social change and demographic outcomes, gender equality, immigrant integration, fertility and family dynamics, social policy and work life.

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