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Multidisciplinary Master's Programme in Demography

  • 120 credits

We offer the only comprehensive programme in demography in Sweden. This programme 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. If you want to apply to this programme starting autumn 2021 the deadline is January 15, 2021.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - programmes

Register to the programme
Before you can start the course you need to register. You can do it online at Ladok for students between 10-23 of August. Its' important that you register otherwise you'll lose your place. To be able to register you need a University account.

International students with a temporary Swedish civic number (containing a P or a T) must get a one-time code to be able to activate the University account. Normally you can pick up the one-time code from the Info centre. If you’ll be a distance student at the beginning and therefore not being able to pick up the one-time code from the Info centre, please email for help. We’ll be able to help you with a one-time code from week 32.

Students on waiting list
If we have places left students on waiting list will be contacted by email closer to the start of the course.

Education autumn 2020
On advanced level and postgraduate education, we are preparing for the opportunity for students to either follow courses on site or via zoom. You'll find more information about your course at the course page in Athena closer to the start of the course.

Athena -learning platform
Athena is the learning platform at Stockholm University. At Athena you’ll have access to all information about the course such as schedule, schedule changes, course material and more.

You log into Athena by using your university account. More information about Athena here.

More information
Please see the webpage of the Department of sociology or contact

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

Find your way on campus

Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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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

    Semester 1

    Population Development and Social Change, 7,5 credits
    Basic Demographic Methods 7,5 credits
    Population Processes 7,5 credits
    -> Elective course, 7,5 credits – find the courses that you can choose from at our department here and here.

    Semester 2

    -> Elective courses, 22,5 credits – find the courses that you can choose from at our department here and here.
    Event-History Analysis: Regression for Longitudinal Event Data 7,5 hp (halftime period 3-4)

    Year 2

    Semester 3

    -> Elective courses, 22,5 credits – find the courses that you can choose from at our department here and here.
    Research Methods 7,5 hp – halftime period 3-4

    Semester 4

    Master's Thesis in Demography – 30 hp

  • 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 deadline is January 15, 2021.

    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 /  The last day to upload the motivation letter is 1 February 2021.

    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 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. 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.

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

    Read interviews with our alumni here!

  • Contact

    Student Affairs Office

    Exchange studies

    Directors of studies, all levels

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

    Questions about all master's courses/programmes at the Department of Sociologu: