Is income inequality in the UK growing? Does marriage improve health? Can your social class predict your lifestyle and eating habits? Do women still conduct most housework chores at home? Is overall crime increasing in this country? These are just a few of the sociological questions that you will empirically 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 degree will provide you with advanced skills on a wide range of quantitative methods, alongside training in key theoretical and substantive sociological topics.
The degree offers a balance between core sociology and quantitative methods modules. Sociology modules will provide you with a strong grounding on the critical analysis of society and the development of the discipline itself. Quantitative methods modules will follow an incremental approach, from elementary to advanced statistical topics. From the outset, you will be able to choose options from a range of specialist topics within sociology.
You will acquire excellent technical expertise in the management and analysis of social survey and administrative data. Acknowledging that sociology students are often anxious about statistics, we follow a pedagogical approach consisting of hands-on learning and laboratory time designed to support progression and build confidence.
This course offers you the unique opportunity to undertake a four-week credited placement between the second and third year of your studies, (with bursary). We collaborate with prestigious local and London based think tanks, research organisations, and private employers, enabling you to gain valuable work experience in a non-academic setting.
We also offer annual Spring Camps, consisting of experts from the academic and the private sector, careers talks, and training workshops on quantitative methods. Spring Camps will enable you to explore the wide range of career options in different sectors.
This degree will be highly valued by a wide range of employers including international organisations, think tanks, and the civil service.
The student experience
The combination to study both sociology with quantitative methods is a unique one. Whilst many universities around the UK offers degrees in Sociology that includes some basic quantitative research modules, they don’t provide them to the extent of other social science degrees, such as Economics. The main reason why I decided to study at Warwick was the fact that it offered a single honours degree that combines both sociology and quantitative methods. To explore how statistics can explain the way society functions, intrigues me and so this degree really tailored my interest!
A unique feature of this degree is the 4-week, UK based, paid placement at the end of your second year, called 'Numbers in the Workplace'. This placement is a great opportunity to see how quantitative methods are used in large organisations, such as ONS, NatCen, ISER, DEMOS and Ipsos MORI. By analysing data from social surveys, you’ll be able to see how certain organisations suggest new policies to the UK government. Employers seeking social science graduates usually desire skills such as quantitative skills. Having to do the placement provides you with excellent networking opportunities and a handful of work experience.
- Elena Mylona
BA Sociology and Quantitative Methods