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Quantitative Social Research - MSc (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

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 global experts in the field. 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.

Core Modules:

  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Research Design, Workflow and Data Management
  • Advanced Quantitative Research

Optional Modules:
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up to date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Each of our Masters courses has specified core modules which will be studied alongside a range of optional modules. All our Masters courses follow a consistent structure meaning that you will follow a programme of taught modules making up 120 CATS (academic credits), followed by a 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. Our modules are generally 20 CATS, so you will cover 6 modules - although your exact pathway will depend on the programme you choose and your selection of optional modules. So, alongside your courses core modules (and your dissertation), you will be required to select a number of optional choices. Each course has different requirements for this. Some allow you free choice across the department, and some will require you to select a number of modules from relevant lists.

For MSc Quantitative Social Research you’ll be required to select three optional modules of your choosing. You will have a personal tutor who will be able to advise you on your academic progress as well as discuss aspects such as which modules are best for you.

If you’re a full-time student you’ll undertake taught modules, and submit assessed essays for these, during the academic terms: autumn, spring and summer terms. You will also begin planning your dissertation and generally you will undertake your supervision sessions for this with your agreed supervisor during the summer term. As long as you pass your taught components, you will then focus on completion of your MSc dissertation in the summer months of July and August.


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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study


Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Part-time: (Part-time fees are charged over the first 2 years of study)
Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.