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Quantitative Social Research - MSc (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

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.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Mastering Complex Real-World Data
  • Advanced Quantitative Research

Optional Modules:

You will also complete optional modules in order to acquire the necessary number of credits required to complete the programme. At least 40 of these credits should be selected from Sociology, and 20 credits can be selected from other departments across Warwick. You’ll find optional module lists for Sociology modules on our website.

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


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.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Civil Service
  • Nielsen
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Porter Novelli

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Business Consultant
  • Charity Outreach Worker
  • Speech and Language Specialist

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry 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.

Department of Study


Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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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

No additional course costs.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.