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Sociology - Population Dynamics

McGill University

36 months
16750 CAD/year
2726 CAD/year
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The Sociology - Population Dynamics program from McGill University is open to PhD students in Sociology specializing in Population Dynamics. 


The purpose of this Sociology - Population Dynamics program from McGill University is to provide graduate training in demographic methods (including life table analyses) and enhance students’ knowledge of critical population issues. 

As such, students will be required to take a course on demographic methods and an overview substantive course on the key population issues facing societies today. In addition, students will take one complementary course in Sociology; Economics; or Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health, which focusses on a particular population issue such as population health, migration, aging, family dynamics, and labour markets and skills acquisition. 

Students will attend at least five of the seminars given in the Social Statistics and Population Dynamics Seminar series. Dissertation topics must be related to population dynamics and approved by the PDO coordinating committee.


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. 

The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociology of Population
  • Professional Development Seminar in Sociology
  • Demographic Methods
  • Ph.D. Proposal Approval
  • Bibliographic Methods
  • Quantitative Methods

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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General requirements

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree with a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0. The degree may be either in Sociology or in another relevant social science. In the latter case, applicants may be required to take some additional sociology courses to fill gaps in their background.
  • All applicants are asked to submit a writing sample. Applicants who have not received a degree from a Canadian university must submit with their applications the results of the Verbal, Analytical, and Quantitative aptitude tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Certain students must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. 
  • Personal Statement (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Writing Sample - can be in the form of a graded paper or a chapter from a thesis and must be at least 30 typewritten pages in length translated into English or French

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16750 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8375 CAD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    2726 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1363 CAD per semester during 36 months.


McGill University is committed to provide financial support for graduate education. Through Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) and other academic units, McGill is working to increase the number of student fellowships and scholarships, exploring new avenues for student support, and making it easier to disburse existing funds. Our competitive funding support offers, coupled with Montreal’s low cost of living, makes graduate studies at McGill a wise educational investment.

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