Master of Arts Degree in Population Studies

Subject to the provisions of the General Academic Regulations 000 and the General Regulations for Master’s Degrees 400, the following Special Regulations shall apply:

1.1 Programme Structure

The Programme shall be offered for the award of a Master of Arts Degree In Population Studies.

1.2 Entrance Qualifications

3.2.1 The normal minimum entrance requirements shall be a Bachelor’s Degree of this or any other recognised University or equivalent institution with at least a second class, second division or its equivalent or a Post Graduate Diploma in Population Studies.

1.2.2 A student with a Post Graduate Diploma in Population Studies may be exempted from certain courses that will be determined by the Department of Population Studies.

1.2.3 Candidates with a “pass” Degree or equivalent who have at least 2 years relevant work experience are admissible.

1.3 Programme Structure

1.3.1 The Master’s Degree Programme shall be by course work and a Research Essay or course work and Dissertation as stipulated in General Regulation 40.12.

1.3.2 The coursework and Research Essay option shall involve taking and passing 24 credits of core courses, 12 credits of optional courses and POP 721 Research Essay, which shall be equivalent to 12 credits.

1.3.3 The coursework and Dissertation option shall involve taking and passing 24 credits of core courses and POP 720 Dissertation, which shall be equivalent to 24 credits.

1.3.4 To successfully complete the Programme, a student shall be required to obtain a total of 48 credits.

1.3.5 A student shall have the choice of either specialising in Demography or Population Studies.

2.0 Master of Arts Degree (Demography Specialisation)

Core Courses (24 credits)

POP 602 Demographic Methods

POP 603 Computing in Population Analysis

POP 604 Methods of Social Science Research

POP 605 Collection, Evaluation and Adjustment of Demographic Data

POP 606 Advanced Demographic Techniques

POP 607 Methods of Population Estimates and Projections

POP 610 Mathematical Demography

POP 613 Basic Epidemiological Techniques

Plus any 4 of the following optional courses

(12 credits)

Research Essay option only:

POP 601 Population and Development: An Analytic Approach

POP 611 IEC in Population and Development

POP 614 Population, Law, Policies and Programmes

POP 701 Integrating Population into Development Planning
POP 702 Population, Environment and Development

POP 703 Gender, Population and Development

POP 704 Migration, Urbanisation and Development

POP 705 Population, Agriculture, Food and Nutrition

STA 672 Multivariate Analysis

3.0 Master of Arts Degree (Population Studies Specialisation)

Core Courses (24 credits)

POP 601 Populations and Development: An Analytic Approach

POP 602 Demographic Methods

POP 603 Computing in Population Analysis

POP 604 Methods of Social Science Research

POP 608 Foundations of Health Policy

POP 614 Population, Law, Policies and Programmes

POP 703 Gender, Population and Development

POP 704 Migration, Urbanisation and Development

Plus any 4 of the following optional courses (12 credits)

Research Essay option only:

POP 606 Advanced Demographic Techniques

POP 607 Methods of Population Estimates and Projections

POP 611 Information, Education and Communication in Population and Development

POP 702 Population, Environment and Development

POP 705 Population, Agriculture, Food and Nutrition

STA 683 Medical Statistics

MSW 605 Policy Analysis and Planning

MSW 606 Poverty and Welfare

MNS 720 Sexual and Reproductive Health

ECO 702 Planning and Project Appraisal

PAD 613 Public Policy and Administration

ENV 629 Natural Resource Use Policies

Research Courses

POP 720 Research Essay

POP 721 Dissertation

3.1 Duration of the Programme

The minimum period of study for the Master of Arts Degree in Population Studies shall be 3 semesters; the maximum shall be 12 semesters.

3.2 Research Essay

3.2.1 A student shall be required to submit a research topic for a Research Essay before the completion of the coursework to the Head of Department.

3.2.2 The supervision of the Research Essay shall be governed by the General Regulations 40.72.1 and 40.72.2.

3.2.3 The submission and length of the Research Essay shall be governed by the General Regulations 40.72.4 and 40.72.5.

3.3 Dissertation

3.3.1 A student shall be required to submit a research topic for a Dissertation before the completion of the coursework to the Head of Department.

3.3.2 The supervision of the Dissertation shall be governed by General Regulations 40.71.1 and 40.71.2.

3.4 Assessment

3.4.1 All courses offered by the Department of Population Studies shall be assessed by continuous assessment.

3.4.2 Courses taken from departments other than the Department of Population Studies shall be examined in accordance with the regulations of the Departments offering those courses.