M.Sc. On Campus

Spatial Demography

University College Dublin

12 months
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The MSc Spatial Demography at the University College Dublin is the first postgraduate degree of its kind in Ireland. This interdisciplinary programme provides unique perspectives on the population processes that shape modern society.


Bridging the technical and theoretical, this course equips students with skills to analyse the population trends that shape current and future population trajectories – fertility, mortality, ageing, health and migration. Combining key skills-orientated modules in data programming and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with population analytics and challenges, students are provided a comprehensive foundation in a range of transferable and highly valued labour markets skills.  These skills are uniquely relevant in multiple professional domains that understand the need for expert knowledge in key demographic issues when addressing future economic and social development challenges.

Careers & Employability

  • The MSc Spatial Demography at the University College Dublin is designed to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to access employment in health research, demography, data and spatial-data analytics, data-driven public policy, and demographic data collection. Demography and population studies prepare graduates for careers in a wide variety of areas such as local and international organisations, civil society, government department / ministries, local government, NGOs, research organisations, health care companies, academia, private consultancy and many other areas.

Programme Structure

  • 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 Spatial Demography, which is a one year full 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 that currently and increasingly shape prospects for population growth, healthcare needs and all the facets of immigrant incorporation into Ireland, the EU and globally.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To qualify for a place on the MSc Spatial Demography students must hold a primary degree with at least Second Class Honours Grade 1 (2H1) or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • University English language requirements apply for students whose first language is not English

Tuition Fee

  • Please contact the school for fee information

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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