Teaching and Training :: MPhil specialising in Demography
On completion of the programme, a successful graduate
will be able to demonstrate professional competence in the core areas of
demographic analysis and research. Included in this is the clear demonstration
of a capacity to apply and develop methods of demographic analysis that are both
theoretically informed, and appropriate to the research (and research context)
pursued. The core competencies are indicated by the material suggested in the
course outlines. Particular emphasis is placed on training demographers capable
of working with developing countries data and in other situations where data
are either non-existent or inadequate.
A masters degree by dissertation and coursework
lasting 18 months.
Coursework will be completed in the first year of study, with the dissertation
submitted by the middle of the second year. The dissertation will account for
50% of the marks awarded for the degree. Students with a weighted average in
excess of 75%, including at least 75% for the dissertation, will be awarded the
degree with distinction. Students will, in general, graduate in June of the year
following first registration. In exceptional circumstances, students may,
particularly if they have prior demographic training, be able to complete the
course in one academic year.
An honours degree with at least a full first-year
university mathematics course, and second year statistics, or their equivalent.
Some or all of these requirements may be waived at the discretion of the
The coursework component of the degree is comprised of
a number of courses. All courses will run over a semester. 1st semester courses
will be examined in June, and 2nd semester courses in November/December. A
course outline is presented below, showing the courses to be taken and the
relative weight to be given to each.
Techniques for Demographic Estimation
Topics in Population Studies
Projections and Modelling
The programme convenor for all the courses is A/Prof Tom Moultrie.