The EDSD is an eleven-month program that is offered every year aiming to provide students in the first year of their doctoral studies with an appropriate high-level education in demography. Students will acquire a solid knowledge base on causes and consequences of demographic change, population data, statistical and mathematical demography, as well as modeling, simulation and forecasting. The School’s courses are structured in such a way that the students work on precise formulation of a thesis topic and early steps of their dissertations. 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 2018-9 school year the School will be held at two different locations. The preparatory courses (from early September to mid-October 2018) will be offered at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany. The core courses (from mid-October 2018 until end of July 2019) will be held at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark.
For more information about demography and about population research in Europe, visit Population Europe.
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).
Preparatory courses in Rostock
The program in Rostock consists of four courses on (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 in Odense.
Core courses in Odense
The program in Odense consists of six courses on (1) causes of demographic change, (2) consequences of demographic change, (3) statistical analysis for demographers, (4) mathematical demography, (5) demographic data and (6) demographic modeling, simulation and forecasting. In addition, computer, graphic and presentation skills are taught. Students devote 20% of their time to thesis research.