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MSc in Quantitative Social Research

Social researchers use a wide range of quantitative methods to describe and explain societal trends and patterns of social behaviour. Applications of quantitative techniques have been crucial for substantive areas of enquiry such as poverty, social inequality, health, and social attitudes. At the same time, quantitative skills are also highly sought after in the global job market, given the increasing access to social surveys, administrative data, and ‘big data’. Offered by the Department of Sociology in conjunction with the Warwick Q-step Centre, this course will equip you with a wide range of advanced skills in data management and analysis, alongside a thorough grounding in key theoretical and substantive sociological topics. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of methodological and analytical aspects of social research, and the ability to put them into practice in a variety of work settings.

This course consists of three core modules on data management and analysis, and a research dissertation on a topic of your own interest. You will be able to explore particular specialist areas in more depth by choosing optional sociological modules. You will also attend an annual Spring Camp. In previous years this consisted of talks from academic and private sector experts, and training workshops on quantitative methods.

The Warwick Q-Step Centre will also organise specialist Masterclasses on different cutting-edge quantitative methods with leading experts in the field (for more details see here). This course will prepare you for work in a range of careers that value analytical ability and quantitative methods skills. You will be particularly suited for roles within central and local government, academic and commercial research, journalism, and policy-making.

Bursaries are available on a competitive basis for Home/EU students.

Course Overview

The MSc in Quantitative Social Research comprises of 180 course credits, including a dissertation.

Core Modules:

• Core Module 1: Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods (20 Credits)

• Core Module 2: Research Design, Workflow and Data Management (20 Credits)

• Core Module 3: Advanced Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

• Dissertation (60 Credits)

N.B. All core modules need to be passed to proceed to the Dissertation.

Optional Modules:

Students will also complete optional modules (60 credits). At least 40 of these credits should be selected from Sociology, and 20 credits can be selected from other departments across Warwick. Optional modules are subject to change each year due to staff availability and student number uptake.

Further information

About the course

Programme Director: Dr Roxanne Connelly