Spatial Demography

Combining key skills-orientated modules in data programming and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with population analytics and challenges, students are provided a comprehensive foundation in a range of transferable and highly valued labour markets skills. These skills are uniquely relevant in multiple professional domains that understand the need for expert knowledge in key demographic issues when addressing future economic and social development challenges.

This programme is jointly delivered by the UCD School of Sociology and the UCD School of Geography.

Course Description
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 Spatial Demography, 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 that currently and increasingly shape prospects for population growth, healthcare needs and all the facets of immigrant incorporation into Ireland, the EU and globally.

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. In addition, demography offers a bridge to further academic work in cognate disciplines such as economics, sociology, social policy and public health.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Introduction to ArcGIS GEOG40820
Advanced GIS GEOG40870
Population Patterns and Challenges GEOG40880
Population and Society SOC40690
Research Design SOC41040
SpatialDemography Dissertation SOC41090
Data Programming with R STAT40620

Stage 1 - Option
Global South Fieldwork: Vietnam GEOG40830
International Urban Fieldwork GEOG40940
SocThinking in the Digital Age SOC41070

Entry requirements

To qualify for a place on the MSc Spatial Demography students must hold a primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

University English language requirements apply for students whose first language is not English.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Spatial Demography FT (W482)
1 Years
Full Time

MSc Spatial Demography PT (W483)
2 Years
Part Time


MSc Spatial Demography FT (W482)
1 Years, Full Time

MSc Spatial Demography PT (W483)
2 Years, Part Time


ProfCert Spinal Studies (X869) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 1240
nonEU fee per year - € 2845

***Fees are subject to change

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
The MSc Spatial Demography is designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to access employment in health research, demography, data and spatial-data analytics, data-driven public policy, and demographic data collection. Demography and population studies prepare graduates for careers in a wide variety of areas such as local and international organisations, civil society, government department / ministries, local government, NGOs, research organisations, health care companies, academia, private consultancy and many other areas.

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    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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