Master's Programme in Demography, 60 credits

About the education

The programme teaches the skills to describe, analyse and explain population development in its various aspects. Courses in the so-called demography block of 22.5 credits are compulsory as is a course of 7.5 credits in the field in which the 15-credits thesis with demographic implications is to be written (e.g. sociological demography, statistical demography).

Subject: Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of the origin, development, organization, and functions of human societies, comprising everything from studies of close-knit social relations to the cultural and formal institutions of society. Sociology contributes knowledge of how peoples´ working conditions and health are affected by organizational structures, or how identities and groups are shaped by religion, ethnicity, and gender, creating social communities as well as social conflicts. Sociology also contributes to the understanding of how individual lives are affected by gender, social background and ethnicity.

Hence, studies in sociology provide you with theoretical and methodological tools to better understand society and the social contexts of which you are a part. Studies in sociology also enrich and complement other social science studies such as criminology, economics, psychology, and political science, as well as other fields such as technology, medicine, philosophy and law.

Labour market

Sociologists have a broad labour market both within the private and the public sector. A sociological education will help you develop analytical skills in the form of theory as well as both quantitative and qualitative research methods .Analytical skills that will make you able to investigate social issues, and to assess, evaluate and perform surveys on social phenomena. You can specialize in different areas such as labour market, organizations, migration, demography, health, gender, or family.


To obtain a Bachelor´s degree in Sociology you can either take single subject courses in sociology of 90 HEC combined with 90 HEC in other subjects, or take one of the following Bachelor´s programmes:

Bachelor´s programme in applied social research

Bachelor´s programme in sociology: Working life and labour market

Bachelor´s programme in personnel, work and organization

The Department of Sociology offers second level studies in both sociology and demography in the form of Master´s programmes, or single subject courses that can be used in a degree in another subject. With a Bachelor´s degree and 60 HEC of second level courses you are eligible for doctoral studies in sociology or sociological demography.

Subject: Demography

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. Both the developed and the developing world, and historical as well as recent times are of interest for demography.

Fertility, mortality and migration, the three fundamental processes that produce and change populations, can be studied from different disciplinary perspectives (e.g. economics, geography, sociology, history, statistics, political science). The interdisciplinary character of demography is built into the master´s programme in demography, a collaboration among the departments of (in alphabetical order) economics, economic history, human geography, sociology and statistics. Our master´s programme and courses at the advanced level prepare students for continuing study toward the doctoral degree as well as for applied research careers in government agencies, municipalities, other organizations, insurance companies and other businesses.

Area of interest: Human, Social and Political Sciences, and Law

Are you interested in human beings and society? How we function individually and together, what drives us, our learning processes, how rules and laws have been established, and how we interact with each other? If that is the case we have a lot to offer.

This area of interest covers anything from Pedagogy, Psychology and Gender Studies, to Statistics, Political Science, Law and many other subjects. Their common denominator is the relation between human beings and society, independent analytical thinking and often an international perspective.

Department responsible for education

Department of Sociology