Master’s Degree in Demography (Spain/Germany) Deadline: April 15, 2019

Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics & The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research  

Application Deadline

April 15, 2019

Program Commencement

September 2019

Duration of the Program

1 Year

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Program Details

The European Doctoral School of Demography (EDSD) is an eleven-month sponsored program that is offered every year aiming to provide students in the first year of their doctoral studies with an appropriate high-level education in demography. Students will acquire a solid knowledge base on the causes and consequences of demographic change, population data, statistical and mathematical demography, as well as modelling, simulation, and forecasting. The School’s courses are structured in such a way that the students work on the precise formulation of a thesis topic and early steps of their dissertations. 

In the 2019/20 academic year, the School will be held at two different locations. The preparatory courses (September and October 2019) will be offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Germany’s premier basic-research organization is the largest demographic research body in Europe. Located in Rostock, Germany, the institute offers a unique environment that combines the best aspects of an academic setting and a research laboratory.  The core courses (from November 2019 until end of July 2020) will be held at the Centre for Demographic Studies (Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics – CED) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. The Centre for Demographic Studies (CED), which is located on the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, was founded in 1984 aiming to promote basic and applied research, and to teach and disseminate knowledge concerning population in Catalonia by means of publications, seminars and lectures. 

Masters Degree in Demography

Upon successful completion of the program and presentation of a thesis, the students enrolled in the EDSD will receive an official European Master in Demography delivered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

For more information, visit the current EDSD 2018/19 program in Odense, Denmark: EDSD 2018/2019

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Eligibility/ Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the program, a student should hold an above average Master’s degree in demography, mathematics, statistics, public health, economics, sociology, geography, biology, computer science, history or another relevant field.

Participants must have a curious mind and a deep interest in demography and population development either of humans or of species across the tree of life, and demonstrable competence in English.

Read more here.

Application Process

To apply e-mail the following documents to

  • CV detailing educational and work history, language abilities, plus any scholarly publications.
  • One recent letter of recommendation.
  • Motivational letter (up to 5 double-spaced pages) introducing yourself and presenting your professional interests, background (beyond what is obvious from your CV) and plans. Explain how you expect EDSD could promote your future career. Include a detailed description of your quantitative skills (mathematics, statistics, and computer programming).
  • Official transcripts and degree certificates of your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English or English translation.
  • TOEFL (internet-based: 100, computer-based: 250, paper-based 600) or CAE test scores. Alternatively, a degree taught in English or a declaration of why you are proficient in English.

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