"The Master's Programme in Demography taught me the fundamentals of doing research"
Prior to working as a researcher at SUDA and the Institute for Analytical Sociology in Linköpong, Maria Brandén studied our Master's programme in Demography.
Researcher at SUDA and the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS), Linköping University.
What did you study prior to entering the Master program in Demography?
Sociology, Statistics, Gender studies, and History of Ideas and Science
Why demography in Stockholm?
I studied sociology at Stockholm University. After I wrote my bachelor thesis on regional mobility, I started working as a research assistant at SUDA. That increased my interest in demography, and I realized that my bachelor thesis also concerned demography, although I did not realize it when I wrote it.
What did you like most about studying demography?
I really enjoyed the international environment with students from many different backgrounds, and that the teachers where so enthusiastic and friendly. I also liked that the master program is closely linked to the research environment, so the students become practically trained in their research skills.
What is the best memory you have of the master program?
A difficult question, but I would say when I got to go to the IUSSP conference in Marrakech to present my master’s thesis.
How did Master's programme in Demography help you realize your professional goals?
When I became a PhD student, it was extremely helpful. My PhD studies have gone much smoother than I think they would have done if I had not gotten so much training before starting, especially in terms of statistical methods and the master thesis research proposal course, which has taught me the fundamentals of doing research.
How did you like living and working in Stockholm?
Stockholm is beautiful. The best thing with the university area is its’ really nice location in a national park, with forests and nice cafés.
November 29, 2016