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Undergraduate Student Reflections

Thinking about applying to study a Q-Step degree? The best way to find out what it's really like studying quantitative methods is to hear what our students have to say. Here you can discover the different aspects of the Warwick Q-Step undergraduate degree programmes and life at Warwick, directly from our students.
I was drawn to Sociology and Quantitative Methods because I wanted to study a social science but I have also always enjoyed maths and statistics. Before I came to Warwick I was already excited about this degree, and it has greatly exceeded my expectations.
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. I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to combine their taste for numbers with a desire to study a social science!


When applying for university, the Politics and Quantitative Methods course was particularly appealing to me due to its interdisciplinary nature of combining a social science with an empirical approach.


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.

spring 7

I’ve found this year intellectually stimulating and have had amazing support from the lecturers and seminar tutors when I’ve found things challenging. As for the university itself, the atmosphere here is vibrant, the campus is beautiful, and there are many societies to get involved with!

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I would definitely recommend studying Quantitative Methods alongside Politics or Sociology – not only do you get more varied content, but it is also very beneficial when it comes to real world applications and applying for jobs as you learn statistics and how to use statistical tools (such as STATA), giving you more transferable skills.


Having now completed my first year of Politics and Quantitative Methods, 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.


I love learning more thoroughly about the analytical techniques behind similar academic research to what we study in sociology, leaving me with not just an understanding of sociology but also the tools to analyse raw data.
spring 4
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!