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Sociology with Quantitative Methods degree structure

On this degree, you’ll cover all the core areas that the BA Sociology encounters, and also engage in advanced training in quantitative research methods.

Learning style and contact time | Assessment | Yearly structure (Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3)

Learning style and contact time

Your first year includes four core sociology modules: Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Science; Researching Society and Culture; Understanding Social Research; Sociological Perspectives. After that, a third of your modules will be your choice, as you’ll select two or three optional modules.

In you second year, your core will be advanced quantitative methods, developing expert skills including statistical models for social analytics and practice of qualitative research. In your final year your core will be advanced quantitative methods; developing expert skills in numerical research, and writing a dissertation. In both years, half your course will be yours to select from a range of specialist topics in sociology. You will also undertake a spring camp on quantitative methods and a research-focused work placement.

Your module tutors will be able to provide specific advice about the subject matter of individual modules along with advice in terms of specific essays and assignments. Module convenors/tutors have weekly Advice and Feedback Hours when you can sit down on a one-to-one basis with the tutor and follow up on seminar discussions, seek guidance on your essays, and ask questions about feedback you have received.


Although methods of assessment vary for each module, you will generally be expected to write essays and/or take a two to three-hour examination in some modules. You will be given plenty of advance notice regarding these assignments and examinations.

In your second year you may be able to choose your method of assessment. This may be 100% examination, 100% assessed essay, or 50% exam and 50% essay. Please be aware that there may not always be this choice, but you will be given full information about assessment at the time of choosing your modules. As well as essays and exams, you could also be assessed through other methods like online quizzes, group presentations, research projects or podcasts.

We realise that feedback is important to your academic development, so throughout your degree you will receive regular and extensive feedback to help you progress, including: written comments on essays, the chance for one-to-one meetings with module tutors and informal feedback during seminars and group discussions. You will also write formative essays for which you will receive detailed feedback in preparation for your module summative assessments.

Yearly structure

Here you can find a list of core and optional modules for the BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods. For the term in which each runs, please click on the module links.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3
Core modules
  • Numbers in the Workplace (placement) (15 CATS)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods for the Social Sciences (30 CATS)
  • Dissertation (30 CATS)
  • 45CATS of Optional modules

View our list of Sociology modules available for the 2016/17 academic year (which is indicative of the type of list available in future years)