The University of Oxford

Sociology and Demography

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Location: University of Oxford

Website: https://www.ox.ac.uk

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Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2020/10/01

Duration: 21 months


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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2019). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucasThe MPhil introduces students to contemporary theories and research methods on the intersection of sociology and demography. This advanced 21-month programme takes a life-course and multilevel approach, aiming to integrate micro and macro issues in analysing social problems and the causes and consequences of population change.The MPhil will provide you with a solid foundation for a wide range of careers, including those in academia, preparing you for doctoral work in sociology and demography and research-intense jobs.The curriculum emphasises:

  • population-level analysis and demographic measures
  • a life course approach
  • sociological analysis as the key approach to explanation
  • advanced quantitative methods.
This emphasis is reflected in the compulsory papers. Optional papers and the thesis will reflect either a more specialised topic (eg gender, family and fertility, migration and integration of migrants, health and mortality, intergenerational relationships) or methodological work.The MPhil programme has the following components:
  • Sociological Analysis paper taught in the first year through lectures and seminars, assessed by an unseen examination
  • Demographic Analysis paper taught in the first year through lectures, seminars and computer labs, assessed through a combination of examination and assignments
  • Life Course Research paper taught in the first year through lectures, seminars and computer labs, assessed through a combination of methods
  • Statistical Methods paper taught in the first year through lectures and computer labs, assessed through a combination of a test and assignments
  • Research Design paper taught in the first year through lectures, assessed via a combination of methods
  • two optional papers over both years of the MPhil, normally taught through eight weekly classes/seminars for each paper and assessed by unseen examination or appropriate coursework
  • Replication project in the second year, comprising a combination of individual and group work and assessed via assignments
  • MPhil thesis, a new and substantial analysis of up to 30,000 words on a sociological and/or demographic topic, to be submitted by the end of the second year
Please note that the optional papers available may vary from year to year. More information on course modules and structure is available in the course handbook.

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Entry requirements

For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas

Language qualifications

IELTS: 5.5 (UKVI IELTS 5.5)


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International students

Some 140 countries have attendees at Oxford and some 60% of the total student body is from outside the UK. There are various programs available for international students to help with orientation and integrating with life in Oxford as well as to help with legal matters such as immigration and visas. They can also help with practical matters such as dealing with finances and accessing health care with the National Health Service (NHS). Student life is filled with many traditions as befits a university of Oxford's age. One of these are the balls, held by the colleges with a formal dress code as well as smaller events regularly during the year. The Oxford University Student Union or OUSU, represents students and is their voice in debate about the university as well as organising student life organisations. There are a large number of sports available outside the classroom and many of these are of a high standard. The Boat Race is a famous example of a rowing race with nearby Cambridge University that is watched by up to 10 million TV viewers each year. There are also student newspapers and a radio station as well as performing arts groups. There are also student societies open to students who aren't studying the subject to learn something new and different.

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