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Master's Programme in Demography

Our one-year master’s programme in Demography gives you strong skills in quantitative methods, instruction from internationally renowned professors and a solid base for a career in various types of organizations. If you want to apply to this programmes starting autumn 2023 the application deadline is January 16, 2023.

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

This 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. 

Learn quantitative methods and data science

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. 

  • Programme overview

    Year 1

    The programme teaches the skills to describe, analyze and explain population development in its various aspects. Courses in the so-called demography block of 22.5 credits are compulsory, 22.5 credits are elective (one of the elective courses has to be a course within demography) and the programme ends with a 15-credits thesis with demographic implications.

    Semester 1

    Population Development and Social Change, 7.5 credits
    Basic Demographic Methods 7.5 credits
    Population Processes 7.5 credits half time periods C-D
    Elective course 7.5 credits

    Semester 2

    Elective courses 15 credits

    Master's Thesis in Demography 15 credits

  • How to apply

    Master’s programmes at Department of Sociology will only have one admission round for all applicants. This means that if you want to apply to one of our Master´s programmes starting autumn 2021, the application opens October 17 2022 and the  deadline is January 16, 2023.

    When applying to our master's programmes, it is required that you also submit a motivation letter including your research ideas. You must use this web form to create your motivation letter.

    Once completed you will receive an e-mail with a pdf to upload with your application at / If you do not upload your motivation letter it will not be assessed. The last day to upload the motivation letter is 1 February 2023.

    Any questions related to this can be directed to

    Selection process

    Additional eligibility criteria

    In ranking the applicants for programmes at the Department of Sociology the following components are used to assess the merits of applicants:

    •    Grades of academic courses (1-50)
    •    Motivation letter  (1-50)
    •    Relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme in question (1-100)

  • More information

    Research based on unique population data

    Research at the Stockholm University Demography Unit 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. 

  • Meet us

    Meet our students

    Watch the webinar to learn more about the two programmes in Sociology and meet our students.

    Meet our researchers

    Our researchers, who become your teachers, are often interviewed as experts in the media to comment on topics such as divorce, childbirth, migration and parental leave. Read more about our research here!

    Faculty members are highly active in the international research community, by leading and coordinating large-scale national and international research programs, and participating in networks and conferences. We maintain a strong publication record in international peer-review journals with high impact. 

  • Career opportunities

    Skills in quantitative methods and data science are sought after in many fields. 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.

    Some of our former students continue to study a PhD programme after the Master's programme.

    Read interviews with our alumni here!

  • Contact

    Questions about this master's programme – please contact Eleonora Mussino or Sven Drefahl.

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