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MSc Population and Development

About the MSc programme

This challenging and thought-provoking programme will bring you up-to-date with current global issues about the relationships between development and population.  It is aimed at outstanding individuals who want to understand, and engage in, debates and issues such as: Is poverty the main cause of rapid population growth? How are policies on international migration developed? What are the likely impacts of HIV/AIDS on society and economy in low income countries? How and why does female education affect child survival?

The programme is an advanced degree based around the issues, approaches and techniques for understanding the ways in which development and population change influence each other. It incorporates a balance between the conceptual and analytic approaches of development and population studies. Students may come from a variety of backgrounds, and you normally need an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent.

Programme details

Key features of the programme include:

  • A multi-perspective approach, incorporating policy, evidence and theory
  • Options from a wide range of highly rated courses
  • Develops skills which have already secured past students promising professional careers.
  • Taught through a combination of lectures and seminar discussions and assessed using a combination of coursework, written examinations and a dissertation.
  • ESRC/PIC Master's Studentship Scheme in Population Studies worth £15,000 is available for this programme. Please refer to the PIC website for full information.

The core curriculum focuses on social science concepts and perspectives to understand development and population change.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

Two from: 

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of one unit from a wide range of options that include development, social policy, gender, health, and many other fields.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

The programme has provided excellent career prospects for graduates.  The content and structure of the programme provide skills and knowledge to candidates looking for high level careers in public, private and voluntary agencies, both national and international.  We have alumni working in major organisations such as the WHO, IPPF, Global Vision, Marie Stopes International, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, as well as in a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations throughout the world.  As a result of the broad focus of the programme we have also had a number of students go on to work in major private companies in a variety of roles.


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Application code: L1S3 (check availability|)

Start date: 2 October 2014

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24-28 months part-time

Intake/applications in 2012: 22/98

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 or equivalent in any discipline (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £11,568; overseas £17,880

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admissions


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