MSc Demographic and Population Analytics
Academic Year 2020/2021
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?
Part 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.