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DDM Demography and Social Inequality


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What impact did the recent economic crisis have on individuals' living and working conditions, on individuals' study and career choices, on social inequalities and social cohesion?

The Double Master's Programme in Demography and Social Inequality gives first-class students the opportunity to benefit from the outstanding expertise of two top-ranking universities. Participants of the programme spend one year studying at each university and graduate with two master's degrees: a Master of Sciences in Sociology and Social Research issued by the University of Cologne and a Master of Science in Population Studies issued by the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

The international master's programme focuses on demographic change, population dynamics and the challenges faced by modern societies due to increasing life expectancy, decreasing birth rates and migration. Students will learn to apply advanced social research methods and data analysis, providing necessary tools to deal with current issues such as ageing, social inequality, family, integration and education, among others. Students will have the possibility of acquiring in-depth knowledge of these topics and developing interdisciplinary research skills.

For Dutch students, DAAD scholarships are available for the first year in Germany, see:




Master of Science


2 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 20,800

€ 19,900


Application requirements

The application deadline is 15 May. From the end of March onwards you can submit your application via the WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal:

A bachelor's degree with at least 15 ECTS (=18 ECTS in Germany) in the field of Sociology / Demography and at least 10 ECTS (= 12 ECTS in Germany) in Statistics. Demography courses may include Population Geographies, Migration and Development, Healthy Ageing and Population and Development. UG students Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning have direct access to this double degree. To meet the requirements of 15 ECTS in the field of Sociology / Demography you can follow the Minor P

Very good intercultural and social skills

Relevant practical experience is desirable

Bachelor final grade equivalent to at least 2.7 (German grading system = a 7 in Dutch)

English on VWO level or one of the following equivalents: * IELTS overall band 6.5, no less than 6.0 on each section * TOEFL internet based: * Overall: 90 * Reading: 18 * Listening: 18 * Speaking: 20 * Writing: 21 * Cambridge English: Cambridge certificate C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as CAE/CPE) * Please note that TOEFL MyBest Scores are not considered in the Admissions procedure A prospective student can always apply for an exemption from the English langua

Letter of motivation in English explaining the reasons for applying to the Double Master's Programme (approximately 500 words); CV

Language requirements

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
IELTS overall band
TOEFL computer based
TOEFL internet based

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 20,800
€ 19,900
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 15 May '24 15 May '24
1 Sep '25 15 May '25 15 May '25
1 Sep '26 15 May '26 15 May '26


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