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Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

Mestrado em População e Desenvolvimento

(Master in Population and Development)

Name of the HEI offering the course: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)

Type of academic programme: Masters

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Mestrado em População e Desenvolvimento (Master in Population and Development)

Duration (in semesters): 4

Study credits/hours (per semester): 19.5/160
Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

One of the main issues in field of Governance and Social Sciences is population dynamics and development. In this regard, this Masters program provides a multidisciplinary and multispectral training on themes related to population development, covering issues on population, economy, demographic dynamics, sexual reproductive health and HIV, population policies and environment and human settlements and gender dynamics. Issues of governance require knowledge of population dynamics in a broader sense. The program provides training which can assist in designing governance policies with the focus on population issues such as fertility, mortality and migration or population mobility and gender.
Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

The program includes subjects grouped into three areas, namely, Population (Demographic concept and methods, demographic estimation and projections, migration and population distribution, reproductive health issues and population policies), economy (Economic principles, African Mozambique economy, Population economy and work force) and development (Development concepts and theories, population, development and environment, human settlements and gender socio-cultural aspects). Additionally, the program includes a set of courses on research methodology focusing on population studies (Social sciences research methods, basic statistics, mathematics and computation, applied statistics, design, monitoring and evaluation of projects, dissertation seminar and specialization seminars). The program takes four academic semesters, of which the last two are for preparation and defense of the dissertation. Assessment is done through long essays, papers, classroom presentations, class assignments, written or oral exam and public defence of the dissertation.

Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

The program gives competences to manage population issues, assuming a multidisciplinary social sciences perspective. This program aims to enhance qualifications of graduates who will plan, analyze, monitor and implement actions in the context of population and development who can operate at local, regional, and international environments. The graduate is enabled to understand population issues, design public population policies regarding fertility dynamics, mortality reduction and population mobility which leads to demographic transition and demographic dividend. In issues of population governance the graduates can assist Government and Non-Government institutions including civil society organizations in dealing with current challenges, such as poverty alleviation, HIV/AIDS prevention, dissemination of public health, designing of gender perspective, prevention and mitigation of the climate changes, resilience to climate changes and natural events impact, forced migration and population mobility, human settlements, labor force mobility or policy for human development.
Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:

The University Council ( or (

Period of validity of accreditation:
5 years


 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.