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Sociology and Quantitative Methods (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, BBB

This course enables you to develop skills in quantitative research methods, essential for social scientists of the new century.

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Encompassing much of the first year course content of our single honours Sociology degree, this course also enables you to develop skills in quantitative research methods, essential for social scientists of the new century. 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake a four-week credited placement with prestigious local and London based think tanks, research organisations and private employers. This will enable to you apply your subject knowledge to real-world challenges.

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 normally take eight different modules in each year, which are taught via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, group work and independent study.

Contact hours

In your first year, you will have 10–11 hours of formal contact time per week, helping you adjust to university life, and thereafter usually 8 hours per week.

Class size

Seminars involve smaller groups of 15–17 students, which include some of our joint honours students, giving you the chance to make friends across complementary disciplines. We have a strong personal tutoring system and staff have weekly office hours in which you can meet with them on a one-to-one basis.

You will be assessed by a combination of essays, reports, podcasts, reflective writing and unseen exams. To support your assessment, you will submit class essays during the year and receive extensive feedback. In the final year, you write a 10,000-word dissertation on a sociological topic of your choice, with one-to-one supervision from staff. This prepares you for the needs of working life by consolidating core and transferable skills, and supports further academic study at MA and PhD level. Your final degree classification is based on your performance across the modules taken in your second and third years.

For students on the single honours Sociology course, there is an opportunity for a study abroad visit. We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for a year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

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.

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melissa"Race and the Making of the Modern World - wow what a module! You get into really interesting topics such as slavery, colonisation, race, the enlightenment and more. Very much a historical module but to understand contemporary society you have to understand the journey to get to where we are today."

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A level: BBB

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Researching Society and Culture

  • Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World

  • History of Sociological Thought

Introduction to Social Analytics 1

In the age of ever-increasing data availability which is paired with a growing sophistication of statistical techniques, the opportunities for social science research are vast. This module will give you an understanding of the basic elements of core descriptive and inferential statistics which will allow you not only to critically engage with quantitative findings in existing social science research, but also conduct quantitative analysis yourself. The module covers the topics of conceptualisation, operationalisation and measurement, as well as the principles of sampling and the basics of statistical inference. You will be introduced to the statistical methods and process of social science research in one hour lectures, and then explore these in extended seminars (2h) both through readings, and the statistical software STATA. We will be working on real data sets, such as the World Development Indicators, but you will also conduct your own little survey amongst other students and analyse the data in class afterwards.

  • Introduction to Social Analytics 2

Year 2
  • Designing and Conducting Social Research
  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences 1
  • Intermediate Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences 2
Year 3
  • Numbers in the Workplace placement (between years 2 and 3)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences
  • Dissertation
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

International Perspectives on Gender; Crime and Society; Sociology of Health and Medicine; Social Movements and Political Action.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: BMW, British Red Cross, Deloitte LLP, Warwick Hospital, Frank PR.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Account Analyst, Events Assistant, HR Researcher, Digital Media Executive, Secondary School Teacher, Policy Analyst, Charities and NGOs Consultant/Analyst/Researcher, Criminal Justice Practitioner.

A level BBB


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.