Master of Arts/Science in Population Studies

The two years (full-time) Master degree course is designed to provide high level of understanding of population sciences including an in-depth knowledge of the linkages between population and various socio-economic, health and environmental factors. This course provides foundation to graduate students and prepare them for future research in various aspects related to population.


Admission to this course is open to all candidates having B.A./B.Sc. Degree (passed/appearing) in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Health Statistics, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Rural Development, Social Work, Sociology and Statistics from a recognized university in India or abroad with a minimum of 55% of aggregate marks/equivalent grade. Eligible foreign candidates can also apply for admission provided if they secure financial support from any outside agency.
Candidates who have already passed the qualifying degree examinations and those who have already appeared/ shall be appearing in the final qualifying examinations are eligible to apply. However, the admission of the candidate will be cancelled, if she/he fails to furnish final result.

Selection Criteria for M.A./M.Sc. Course

The selection is made on the basis of an Online Test across India. The Online Entrance Test comprises objective type questions of multiple choices. The syllabus of Entrance Test consists of basic general knowledge, logical reasoning, English grammar, basic mathematics, population, health, and social science issues. The test venue is notified in the Admit Card. Admission test is not conducted for the foreign candidates and admission is offered directly if foreign candidates fulfill the eligibility criteria of the Institute.

No. of Seats

50 Seats with Government of India Fellowship.


Two years (Full-Time)


Reservation for SC/ST/OBC(Non-Creamy)/PWD and Women candidates is considered as per the Government of India’s normonly.


Each selected Indian student will be awarded a Government of India Fellowship @ Rs.5,000/- per month.

Course Content

The course structure for M.A./M.Sc. course in Population Sciences is designed as per UGC Credit Based Choice System and covers the following topics:

SEMESTER 1 Course Name Credits
MSP-F1 Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology * NC
MSP-C1 Basic Statistical Methods for Population Studies 4
MSP-C2 Introduction to Demography and History of Population 4
MSP-C3 Fertility and Nuptiality 4
MSP-C4 Mortality, Morbidity and Public Health 4
MSP-E1.1 Healthcare System and Policies 3
MSP-E1.2 Bio statistics & Epidemiology 3
SEMESTER 2 Course Name Credits
MSP-F2 Economics and Geography * NC
MSP-C5 Evaluation, Adjustment of Demographic Data and Population Projection 4
MSP-C6 Introduction to Demographic and Statistical Software 4
MSP-C7 Migration and Urbanization 4
MSP-V1 Viva-Voce-I 2
MSP-E2.1 Historical Demography 3
MSP-E2.2 Spatial Demography 3
MSP-E3.1 Health Economics and Financing 3
MSP-E3.2 Urbanization, Space and Planning 3
SEMESTER 3 Course Name Credits
MSP-C8 Gender and Reproductive Health 4
MSP-C9 Population and Development 4
MSP-C10 Research Methodology 4
MSP-E4.1 Concepts and Measures of Global Health 3
MSP-E4.2 Gender, Health and Development 3
MSP-E5.1 Population Ageing and Health Transition 3
MSP-E5.2 Population and Sustainable Development 3
SEMESTER 4 Course Name Credits
MSP-C12 Population Policies, Program Management and Evaluation of Health and Family Welfare Program 4
MSP-C13 Advance Statistical Packages and Applications in Large-scale Data 4
MSP-D Dissertation 10$
MSP-V2 Viva-Voce-II 2
MSP-E6.1 Operation Research in Reproductive Health 3
MSP-E6.2 Monitoring and Evaluation in Population & Health 3

* Not counted for calculating the final grade F – Foundation course, C –Core course, E – Elective course, NC: Non Credited course; V-Viva voce, D–dissertation.

  • Semester I: One elective may be opted; i.e. E1.1/E1.2
  • Semester II: Two electives may be opted from each group, i.e. E2.1/E2.2 & E3.1/E3.2
  • Semester III: Two electives may be opted from each group; i.e. E4.1/E4.2 & E5.1/E5.2
  • Semester IV: One elective may be opted; i.e. E6.1/E6.2

Core courses: 68%; Elective courses: 32%

Core papers cannot be changed. Elective paper can be changed if the student fails in an elective paper and submits his/her request for a change in writing. Evaluation procedure for dissertation (weights) – Guide: 0.25, Presentation & Defense: 0.25, Content: 0.50. The grade for ‘presentation & defense’ must be given independently by each member, and submitted to the controller of examinations independently. For content, the Director may appoint a three-member committee for each dissertation. The two members should independently evaluate the dissertation and independently submit the grades to the controller of examinations.

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