The Master of Demography is the only degree of its kind offered in Australia.
The degree provides students with an opportunity to study population issues in a research-led environment, with a focus on applying learning to real-world scenarios. The degree will equip students with cutting-edge skills in demographic techniques, research and writing. Graduates will emerge with the skills to undertake demographic analysis and apply these to societal issues.
The degree is available in-person, with many courses available online or in-person. Two features of the program are the scenario-based learning approach and access to leading researchers. All courses will have these two key features as central components of the student experience.
Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.
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Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
Evaluate and apply demographic theory
Review and critique demographic literature
Formulate demographic research questions
Locate demographic data and evaluate their quality and utility
Implement appropriate methods for demographic analysis and interpret the results
Use demographic research to inform policy
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0
Actuarial Studies, Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, History, Indigenous Studies, Mathematics, Population Health, Population Studies, Public Health, Sociology, Statistics.
English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
Assessment of Qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au
ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.
Application for course credits
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Master of Demography requires completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
24 units from completion of introductory graduate demography courses from the following list:
BIAN6120 Culture, Biology & Population Dynamics
CHMD8006 Global Health and Development
DEMO6001 Population Studies
POPH8104 Contemporary Issues in Public Health
SOCY6066 Social Science of the Internet
SOCR8008 Qualitative Social Research
SOCR8009 Quantitative Social Research
18 units from completion of compulsory discipline specific courses from the following list:
DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives
DEMO8091 Population Dynamics and Ageing
DEMO8092 Demographic Modelling
6 units from completion of discipline specific course from the following list:
DEMO8047 International Migration
DEMO8048 Gender and Population
DEMO8088 Population, Climate Change and Sustainable Development
DEMO8090 Population Issues in Asia and their Implications for World Development
DEMO8063 Spatial Population Data Analysis
INDG8003 Measuring and Analysing Indigenous Wellbeing
6 units from completion of the research training course
DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis
6 units from completion of research training courses from the following list
POPH8101 Biostatistics in Population Health
SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists
A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 units from completion of research experience courses from the following list:
ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
SOCR8002 Survey Data Analysis
SOCR8003 Qualitative Research Analysis
A maximum of 6 units from completion of research experience courses from the following list:
CHMD8004 Qualitative Methodologies for Health Research
DEMO8082 Social Research Practice
24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU
Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list.
|Year 1 48 units||Introductory Graduate Demography Course 6 units||Introductory Graduate Demography Course 6 units||DEMO8008 Principles of Population Analysis 6 units||SOCR8001 Statistics for Social Scientists 6 units OR POPH8101;|
|Introductory Graduate Demography Course 6 units||Introductory Graduate Demography Course 6 units||DEMO8091 Population Projections and Dynamics 6 units||DEMO8092 Life Course Analytics 6 units|
|Year 2 48 units||DEMO8024 Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives 6 units||Discipline Specific course 6 units||Research Experience course 6 units||Research Experience course 6 units|
|ANU Elective course 6 units||ANU Elective course 6 units||ANU Elective course 6 units||ANU Elective course 6 units|