Is income inequality in the UK growing? Does marriage improve health? Does growing up in a poor neighbourhood affect our life chances? These are just a few of the sociological questions that you will address during your studies on this course.
Sociologists seek to describe and explain social trends and social phenomena. These tasks are often possible only by analyses of large-scale datasets. For example, we would not be able to know the prevalence of child poverty in the UK or the socio-economic profile of offenders without access to representative large-scale data. Quantitative methods skills are essential for social scientists of the new century and are also highly valued in the global job market.
This is a new degree that will provide you with advanced skills on a wide range of quantitative methods, alongside training in key theoretical and substantive sociological issues.
This degree provides excellent technical expertise in the management and analysis of data from social surveys and new forms of "live", unstructured data automatically generated in today's digital society (e.g. on Facebook Twitter). Acknowledging that social science students are often anxious about statistics, we follow an incremental approach consisting of hands-on learning and lab time designed to support progression and build confidence.
At the end of your second year, you will undertake a three week credited paid placement, enabling you to put your skills into practice and to gain experience in a non-academic research setting. A quantitative methods Spring Camp, bringing together experts working in different research areas of international significance, will also offer the opportunity to explore the wide range of career options in different sectors. There is a recognised deficit of social science graduates with quantitative methods skills in the labour market. This degree will be highly valued by a wide range of employers including think-tanks, international organisations and the civil service.
The student experience
"Being able to have a larger focus on quantitative methods is really interesting for me, especially in the modern day where data exists everywhere. I chose this programme as I was looking to try something a bit different at university and I liked the fact that Warwick had a degree dedicated specifically to quantitative skills. Employers are currently experiencing a shortage of graduates with these quantitative skills, allowing you to really stand out in the job market.
The sociology modules account for 75% of your year, and the Quantitative Methods modules 25%, providing a nice balance. I've always liked the research side of Sociology, and this degree programme really allows you to engage in the research process.
Although some people may feel apprehensive about a course which is statistics-based, you needn’t worry. Lecturers start with the very basics, allowing you to build up statistical knowledge throughout the course of the year."
- Gemma Ford, BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods