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Sociology and 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 five core modules: Introduction to Introduction to Social Analytics I and II; Researching Society and Culture; History of Sociological Thought; and Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World. After that, you will choose 45 CATS worth of optional modules from our first year selection.

In your second year, your core modules will be: Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Analysis and Reporting; Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Design and Data Collection; Designing and Conducting Social Research. After that, you'll have the freedom to select 75 CATS of optional modules from our second year list. You will undertake a 'Numbers in the Workplace' placement between years two and three.

In your final year, you will take the following core module: Advanced Quantitative Methods. Alongside this module, you will complete a dissertation and you will have undertaken a 'Numbers in the Workplace' placement. This will then leave you with 45 CATS to choose from our third year modules list.

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 mostly be expected to write essays, on some modules you will have a choice of 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. Please note: these modules are indicative of offerings in 2017/18 and may be subject to change.

Year 1

Core modules
Year 2
Core modules
Year 3
Core modules