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European Doctoral School of Demography

The EDSD is an eleven-month sponsored program that is offered every year aiming to provide students with an appropriate high-level education in demography to pursue their doctoral studies. Students will acquire a solid knowledge base on the causes and consequences of demographic change, population data, statistical and mathematical demography, as well as modeling, simulation, and forecasting. Many of the School’s courses concentrate on strengthening the quantitative and programming skills of the students. The language of the School is English.

In the 2021/22 academic year, the School will be held at two different locations. The preparatory courses (from early September to late October 2021) will be offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. The core courses (from November 2021 until end of July 2022) will be held at the Centre for Demographic Studies (Centre d’Estudis Demogràfics – CED) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.

The EDSD does not charge fees. Several European research institutes and universities provide full fellowships for all students accepted to the program.

Due to the current uncertainty about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, they cannot predict at this time whether the program will be online, on-site, or a combination of both. They will make a decision by the end of May and communicate it on their website (

Masters Degree in Demography

Successful completion of the School results in a European Research Certificate of Demography provided under the auspices of the European Association for Population Studies (EAPS).

Upon successful completion of the program and presentation of a thesis, the students enrolled in the EDSD will receive an official European Master in Demography delivered by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.



Preparatory courses in Rostock

The courses in Rostock consist of (1) Measures and Models in Demography, (2) Basic Mathematics for Demographers, (3) Basic Statistics for Demographers and (4) Computer Programming for Demographers.

The aim of the preparatory courses is to prepare the students for the core courses at CED in Barcelona.

Core courses in Barcelona

The program at CED consists of seven courses on (1) Population Data and Science, (2) Demographic Theories: causes and consequences, (3) Statistical Demography, (4) Current Population Issues, (5) Mathematical Demography and (6) Demographic Modeling, Simulation and Forecasting, (7) Thesis courses. In addition, computer, graphic, presentation and writing skills are taught. Students devote 20% of their time to thesis research.

Student will be also offered the opportunity to attend CED’s Social statistics and Population Seminars held weekly.

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Rostock and Barcelona
European Doctoral School of Demography

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