Demographic Methods and Analysis, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 140 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Module)
    Tuition (Module)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The Demographic Methods and Analysis offered by the University of Groningen course trains and retrains professionals in the methods and analytical techniques of demography. The courses focus on internalization of methods and analytical techniques by providing many practicals and assignments (all computer-based), in addition to lectures. 


The two ten-week courses are particularly suited to career professionals working in statistical or demographic research institutes, in either census or survey work, or those involved in research and teaching in the field of demography at universities. The courses provide a solid basis for participants to apply up-to-date knowledge and skills in the field of demography once they return to their home institute.

This course provides an overview of different demographic data sources, both quantitative and qualitative techniques of data collection, and measures and methods used in the analysis of population-level demographic data.

Data sources that we introduce you to include census, register data, and surveys. The covered techniques of data collection include surveys, focus-group discussions, in-depth interviewing, and observation. In addition, we discuss the population pyramid, demographic rates, probabilities, age standardization, decomposition methods, fertility analysis, mortality analysis and migration analysis.

Focus is on practical issues, such as which data to use for which research question, how to actually collect demographic data, how to interpret often used demographic measures, and how to conduct demographic analyses. In addition, a critical attitude will be taken, with a focus on ethical issues and data quality issues.

The course combines formal teaching sessions with practical activities, such as group discussions, classroom practical sessions, and computer labs.

The course will be divided into three parts: the first one dealing with secondary demographic data and quantitative data collection techniques, the second introducing qualitative data collection techniques, and the last one focusing on demographic measures and methods.

The Demographic Methods and Analysis is offered by the University of Groningen.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Applicants with finances: 1 month before start module
    • Applicant without finances: 4 months before start module
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 140 days
    • Duration description

      two ten-week

  • Credits
    10 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Population Pyramid
  • Demographic Rates
  • Probabilities
  • Age Standardization
  • Decomposition Methods 
  • Fertility Analysis
  • Mortality Analysis and Migration Analysis
  • Population Health
  • Multi-Regional Dynamics
  • Labour Market Demography 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Applicants should have at least a Bachelor degree
  • Applicants should be fluent in English and meet one of the following conditions:
  • English at VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • A score of at least 237 on the computer version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exemptions: Native English speakers or diploma holders from United States of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland.

                  Tuition Fee Per Module

                  • EUR 1250 International
                  • EUR 1250 EU/EEA


                  Finding a scholarship is the responsibility of the applicant. Please note that the University of Groningen nor NFP offer a scholarship, and that it will not be easy to find one.

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