As well as providing a core grounding in the relevant discipline (Politics and International Studies or Sociology), the Warwick Q-Step undergraduate degrees prepare students to work in ways that help them to understand data, quantitative methods, and quantitative techniques. We are living in an evidence-based society, in which we would like to shape society, politics, and economies. As a consequence, we need to know how to convincingly check and support our arguments empirically and how to validate the arguments proposed by others. A more thorough understanding and systematic application of not only qualitative, but also quantitative, methods and techniques are clearly necessary.
Our degrees are designed to be globally distinctive in their capacity to deliver both qualitative and quantitative methods, while always emphasizing the link between the big substantive themes in the disciplines and a range of cutting-edge methods.
There is a clear link between theoretical concepts and empirical analyses; different quantitative methods and techniques are taught and applied to core themes in the disciplines of Politics and International Studies and Sociology. Links are made with Warwick’s existing strengths in quantitative methods in science, computing, and medicine, and links to industry to develop teaching and research at the forefront of both disciplinary and interdisciplinary quantitative methods.
Both degrees incorporate:
- An intensive Spring Quantitative Methods Camp;
- An industry-based paid placement programme;
- International collaboration;
- Curriculum content with the potential to meet proposed Royal Statistical Society accreditation.
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Hear from Dr Florian Reiche about the BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods course
Hear from Dr Florian Reiche about the BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods course
Students on the Q-Step quantitative methods degrees will also have the option of doing an intercalated year to experience studying abroad at an overseas institution. This will result in their degree being of 4 years duration instead of the standard 3 years.
The study abroad option will only be available after the successful completion of the first year and will need to be approved by the Department. Both individual Departments and the University as a whole have collaborative links and partnerships with a number of overseas institutions. Students interested in doing a study abroad year should contact their Departmental Office for further details, once they have commenced studies at Warwick.
For further information, see the University Study Abroad web pages which have details of partnerships with overseas institutions by Department.
The Study Abroad website also publishes information about opportunities to engage with universities across the globe, whether for study abroad, summer schools, volunteering or conferences.