Demographic & Population Analytics

MSc Demographic and Population Analytics
Academic Year 2020/2021
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc in Demographic and Population Analytics is the first of its kind in Ireland. The interdisciplinary programme provides students with an opportunity to study population issues in a research-led environment, with a focus on applying learning to real-world scenarios. Upon graduation, students will have the technical and substantive know-how to fill a large and important gap in an increasingly competitive global economy. They will offer the first cohort of demographers with expertise in population studies/demographic analysis, which is at the core of future public policy and planning.

The study of the population processes that shape our society requires a unique skill set. Demography is a pathway to understand core dynamics that define contemporary debates about mortality, ageing, health, migration and fertility.

The MSc in Demographic and Population Analytics, which is a one year full time or two years part time programme, is unique in Ireland. By definition the curriculum is interdisciplinary, bridging sociology, social policy, health and geography to comprehensively offer insight into the concepts, research and data analysis that demographically define us.

This programme stands apart in Ireland and internationally, defining a new generation of population scientists. Bridging the technical and theoretical, you will learn to analyse population trends using the an advanced technical (R programming and GIS), theoretical and substantive toolkit. You will graduate with the technical skills, substantive foundation and unique expertise to enter the private or public sector in capacities ranging from demographic analysis to data-driven research in public policy, digital media and survey-based marketing. In addition, demography offers a bridge to further academic work in cognate disciplines such as economics, sociology, social policy and public health.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

This programme is, by defintion, interdisciplinary and benefits from students who bring with them a wide variety of backgrounds. The training will offer a clear and structured pathways into technical aspects of population and demographic analysis. There is no assumption that a student will have expereience in all or most of the subject areas (and software) used during the completion of the course.

This programme is intended for applicants who hold a primary degree in a relevant discipline, including political science, social policy, geography, sociology, economics, mathematics, statistics, development studies, business, finance, marketing, public health, psychology and computer science.

An upper second class honours degree (2H1), or the overseas equivalent is required

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of

IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Programme Outcomes
Demonstrate their ability to understand and apply key theoretical and technical approaches to understanding population dynamics.

Demonstrate via application knowledge of R programming language for demographic and population analytics.

Demonstrate an ability to conduct independent and innovative research via a minor dissertation. This includes accounting for ethical considerations and is geared toward a coherent process of professionalisation.

Entry requirements

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

This programme is intended for applicants who hold a primary degree in a relevant discipline, including political science, social policy, geography, sociology, economics, mathematics, statistics, development studies, business, finance, marketing, public health, psychology and computer science.

An upper second class honours degree (2H1), or the overseas equivalent is required

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Subjects taught

*Module information is also available in a downloadable brochure.

Core Modules
Demographic Analytics: Theory and Applications (Term 1: 10 Credits)
Population Geography (Term 2: 10 Credits)
Data Programming with R (Term 1: 5 Credit)
Statistics and Probability (Term 2: 5 credits)
Research Design (Term 1; 5 credits)
Demography Thesis (Term 3: 30 Credits)

Optional Modules
Applied GIS
Dynamic Social Networks
Geographies of the Global South
Global Migration
Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights
Gender, Peace and Conflict

[Must be taken together as part of the health concentration]

Health Economics (5 credits)
Health Risk, Perception and Communication (5 credits)

[Must be taken together as part of the spatial concentration]
Information Visualisation
Spatial Information Systems

Credits

90

Duration

1 year full-time

Fees

MSc Demographic and Population Analytics (W400) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8525
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

***Fees are subject to change

EU Fee €7870 FT or €5120 PT
Non-EU Fee €18300 FT or €9150 PT

***Fees are subject to change

Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

2019 - 2020 this programme offers two 50% EU fee only scholarships to the students who are fully registered on the programme. For further details, please contact demography@ucd.ie

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
Non profit and voluntary organisations, private commercial organisations, local and national government, for example: health care companies, consultants, NGOs, research institutions, and news organisations, employ people with skills, knowledge and expertise to understand and research the relationship between, population, health, housing and policy.

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    MSc.

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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