MSc in Economic Demography

Economic demography explores the relationship between population and economy in a broad sense - how a population is influenced by economic development and in what ways population changes affect the economy.

The classic dilemma, still relevant in our times, is whether the economic resources will suffice for an ever-increasing population. Other areas of interest are the impact of economic aspects on the long-term decline in mortality and diminishing family size that are linked to the demographic transition. Special interest is also given to studies on the family and the labour market, migration patterns and health and mortality issues.

Economic and social changes related to demographic chang­es are global issues and this programme provides training in the theories, methods and skills required to understand demographic dynamics. It focuses on the processes underlying population change, the contexts in which these processes originate and evolve and the consequences of such processes.

Choose between one year or two years

The full programme comprises two years of full-time study, but there will be a provision to leave after one year with a Master of Science (60 credits). The first year gives broad knowledge of the socioeconomic aspects of demography and the tools needed to understand and study these processes, while the second year provides more detailed knowledge necessary for a career as a demographer.

A creative and innovative environment

At Lund University you will experience a unique atmosphere with informal relationships between students and professors, where personal initiative and innovative and critical thinking are not only encouraged but also expected. This academic approach proves to be an asset when graduates later step out into the world of work, having grown both as professionals and individuals.

Career prospects

There is a demand for demographic studies at all levels of government, as well as in the private sector. Marketing, insurance and municipal planning are three areas where demographic skills are in increasing demand. Given the wide scope of the programme and its interdisciplinary nature, graduates can expect employment opportunities within a multitude of areas.

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Programme quick facts

Duration: 2 years, full time, 120 credits
Arrival Day: 19 August 2014
Study period: 1 Sep 2014 – 3 June 2016
Degree awarded: MSc, 120 credits

Class profile 2012/13

75 applicants: 13 enrolled
Age range: 23-39
Male/female: 23% / 77%
10 nationalities

Programme contact details

Programme Director
Professor Martin Dribe

Master's Programme Coordinator
Håkan Lobell, PhD