Demography is the scientific study of human population dynamics. It encompasses the study of the size, structure, and distribution of populations, and how populations change over time due to births, deaths, and migration including related events of marriages, divorces, and abortions. The relationships between economic, social, cultural, and biological environments and population development in terms of causes and effects (including forecasting) are the object of population studies in a broader sense. Demography compiles and analyzes data that are useful for various disciplines dealing with human populations such as economics, sociology, social medicine, anthropology, historiography, social geography, ecology, etc. Outcomes of demographic studies are important for public administration, policymaking, health service organisation, educational system, insurance companies, etc.
Description of verification and evaluation criteria
The entrance exam is a one-round in the form of an interview. Based on a written request submitted electronically together with the application but no later than by 19 May 2019, the Dean may permit the entrance examination to take place via information and communication technology, but only for serious and documented reasons such as health or study abroad.
During the entrance examination, the candidate must demonstrate the technical and linguistic skills to study the given program, along with attributes necessary for scientific work. The examination is graded with a maximum of 100 points, of which 10 points are awarded as a bonus for giving a more specific idea of the study content and planned dissertation work in the voluntary application appendix, including the dissertation topic, a brief annotation, the anticipated supervising department and the consent of a specific supervisor to supervise such doctoral project.
Conditions for admission
Admission to Doctoral studies is conditioned by the successful completion of a Master's study program.
Confirmation date (of entrance exam)
from: 17.06.2019 until: 28.06.2019
Alternative date (of entrance exam)
from: 08.07.2019 until: 19.07.2019
Rules governing exemption from entrance examination
The entrance exam may be waived based on a written request from the candidate, provided they have successfully applied for a STARS project in the given academic year. Such a request, along with documentation that the conditions have been met, must be submitted (but not electronically) by 19 May 2019.
A Ph.D. graduate in Demography is an expert in many areas of population studies. He/she provides all types of demographic research and analysis in the context of social, economic or health issues. He/she is skilled in making all types of population forecasts, including estimates for future infrastructure demands. The graduate analyzes the population-climate and devises strategies for social policies, as well as contributes expertise to various departments of the public administration. Other roles include proficiency in public statistic services (demographic and health statistics), research and decision-making, as well as in business, marketing, and other industries. The graduate is competent as a professional at any regional administrative level. His/her abilities are especially beneficial when implementing long-term initiatives.