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Demographic & Population Analytics

MSc Demographic and Population Analytics
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The study of the population processes that shape our society requires a unique skill set. The MSc in Demographic and Population Analytics is unique in Ireland, offering comprehensive training via a one-year full time or two-year part time course of study. This course of study reveals the dynamics that have come to define contemporary debates about the environment, mortality, ageing, health, migration and fertility. The curriculum reflects the interdisciplinary reality of demographic and population science, bridging sociology, geography, health and social policy. This programme stands apart in Ireland and internationally, defining a new generation of population scientists who are technically and theoretically equipped to confront an increasingly dynamic world.

Building upon (1) a solid foundation in data analytics, (2) a comprehensive overview of contemporary demographic and population theories/trends and (3) a robust exploration of geographically-rooted population dynamics, students engage with debates ranging from population growth to immigration, from mortality to healthcare provision. Graduates offer the technical skills, substantive foundation and expertise to engage in contemporary, data-driven demographic analysis. In addition to clear pathways into the public (e.g., policy) and private (e.g., marketing) sectors, the MSc in Demographic and Population Analytics offers a bridge to further academic work in cognate disciplines such as geography, sociology, economics, social policy and public health.

This programmes provide a multi-disciplinary educational environment to broaden your knowledge and understanding of population dynamics within a global context, the implications of demographic change for public policy nationally and internationally, the application of demographic analysis within an interdisciplinary context.

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.

Programme Outcomes
(1) Knowledge and understanding;
Understand population dynamics within a global context

Understand the implications of demographic change for public policy nationally and internationally

Application of demographic analysis within an inter-disciplinary context

(2) Applying knowledge and understanding;
Application of demographic theory from an inter-disciplinary perspective

Application of quantitative methods to study population change

(3) Making judgements;
Determining the appropriateness of different theoretic and/or analytic approaches to a variety of problems

Selecting appropriate concept/theories and empirical techniques to investigate demographic issues

(4) Communications and working skills;
Presentation skills

Research skills

Writing skills

Communication and interaction with academics, peers and non-specialists

(5) Learning skills
Assess, review, extend theories of demography and population change

Analyse and investigate demographic issues using appropriate tools and approaches

Manage and complete research design and project execution

Entry requirements

1. 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.

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

3. 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.


1 Year Full Time.

Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Rachel Wang
Contact Number: 01 7168643

Subjects taught

Core modules:
- SOC40690 Demographic Analytics: Theory and Application
- GEOG40880 Population Geography
- STAT40620 Data Programming with R
- PHPS40010 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
- CSSL40090 Demography Dissertation

Optional modules:
- Global Migration
- Asylum and Refugee: Law, Politics and Rights
- Applied GIS

Application date

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:
MSc Demographic and Population Analytics FT (W400)
1 Years

Full Time

Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

MSc Demographic and Population Analytics (W400) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 8225
nonEU fee per year - € 19200

***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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

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