Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
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 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 private or public sectors 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.
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.