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Quantitative Social Research (MSc) (2020 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-L313
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick

Quantitative Social Research MSc will equip you with a range of advanced skills in data management. The University of Warwick's Sociology Department, ranked 4th in the UK, is home to leading experts who will train you to use quantitative methods to examine societal trends and social behaviours.

Offered by the Department of Sociology in conjunction with the Warwick Q-step Centre, this course will equip you with a range of advanced skills in data management and analysis, alongside a thorough grounding in key theoretical and substantive sociological topics. You’ll 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 core modules on data management and analysis, and a research dissertation on a topic of your own interest. You’ll be able to explore particular specialist areas in more depth by choosing optional sociological modules.

Important information

We are making some exciting changes to our Quantitative Social Research (MSc) for 2020 entry. The core and optional modules for this degree are currently undergoing approval through the University's rigorous academic processes. As modules are approved, they will be included in the module list on this webpage. It is therefore very important that you check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.

Please check this webpage for the latest information before you apply and prior to accepting an offer.


Each of our MA courses has specified core modules which will be studied alongside a range of optional modules. You’ll be required to choose three optional modules from our departmental list. All our MA courses follow a consistent structure meaning that you will follow a programme of taught modules, followed by a 15,000 word dissertation.

Contact Hours

Typically, each module will contain twenty hours of teaching. But you will also receive support, such as dissertation supervision, etc.

Class Sizes

Class sizes can range between 6 to 30 students


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.

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

English language requirements Band B
IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home/EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.


Commonwealth Shared Scholarships - full overseas tuition, maintenance and other expenses for students applying for this course only. Sociology Departmental Scholarship - £5,000 for full-time applicants and £2,500 over 2 years for part-time applicants. 10 awards available: 5 for Home and EU candidates, 5 for Overseas candidates.

Additional Course Costs

This course may also include additional course costs.

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Coventry University, KPMG, Oxfam and Waitrose. They have pursued roles such as: business and financial project management professionals; higher education teaching professionals; IT project and programme managers; legal professionals and research and development managers.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Make Your Mark - Careers with a degree in Sociology
  • Working for More than Profit
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Your Sociological future: Sociology Alumni Evening
  • My Sociological Future- What next? Career planning for undecided Sociology finalists

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.