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Francesca Way, BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods
When applying for university, the BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods course was particularly appealing to me due to its interdisciplinary nature of combining a social science with an empirical approach.
Since both History and Maths were A-level choices of mine, I felt particularly suited to a broader course such as this one. Having now completed my first year, I am extremely pleased with my choice of degree. Initially I was unsure as to how the two disciplines would interlink but as the year progressed and I became more knowledgeable in both fields, the importance of both disciplines in real world situations and how they complement each other became apparent. This year I have developed skills both in qualitative methods and quantitative methods. Such skills range from learning interview techniques to learning how to produce and interpret statistics using Stata. These skills can be used to understand outcomes of certain political situations. Despite the Stata computing aspect of Quantitative Methods being challenging at times, when the correct data was eventually achieved and understood, it felt particularly rewarding!
I would advise prospective students to keep up to date with the set readings and weekly quizzes as a way of consolidating the lecture notes. Furthermore, I would suggest not hesitating to seek help and to ask questions, particularly as the lectures progress to become more difficult each week.
Charlie Skirrow, BA Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods
As a prospective Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods student I was initially anxious about studying a course that I had no experience in or knowledge about. However, as I had always enjoyed maths I decided the quantitative methods course would be both interesting and vocational. From my first year of studying I have been proven right on both accounts!
The course intertwines statistics and social sciences to create a very enjoyable degree programme. The level of difficulty is manageable for all, irrespective of their A-level subjects. A Maths A-level might give an advantage in methods modules, but quantitative methods are much more applied statistics than pure maths.
I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to combine their taste for numbers with a desire to study a social science!