This MPhil introduces students to contemporary theories and research methods at the intersection of Sociology and Demography. The 21-month course prepares students for doctoral work in Sociology and Demography and for research-intense jobs.
Students are introduced to contemporary approaches to the study of population change and its consequences. These approaches explicitly join the macro approach of traditional demography with the multilevel, actor-oriented life course approach.
The MPhil curriculum emphasises:
- population-level analysis and demographic measures
- the life course approach
- sociological analysis as the key approach to explanation
- advanced quantitative methods
The programme will be particularly interesting for students with undergraduate degrees in: Sociology, Human Sciences, PPE, Social Policy, Economics & Management, Social Statistics, Geography, Public Health, and general social science degrees with substantial methods training.
Successful students can either continue with a DPhil in Oxford (or doctoral studies elsewhere) or find placement in research-intensive occupations in the public sector (e.g., ONS and other national statistical offices, government departments and regional/local authorities), in international organisations, think tanks, and in private sector occupations in which quantitative skills are highly valued (consulting, market research, health research, social research, and insurance companies).