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.
(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;
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