Pathway for quantitative-orientated undergraduates
Students come to the social sciences for a variety of reasons and from a wide range of backgrounds. Many social science students have no interest in quantitative methods. Others may have a latent interest that gets piqued during their early course of study.
The Q-Step programme provides a pathway for students interested in receiving additional quantitative methods training and expertise, by offering the opportunity to earn their respective degree with the additional accolade: "with Quantitative Methods". Additionally, Q-Step lecturers will assist in undergraduate dissertations employing quantitative methods across social science subjects.
Figure 1 below demonstrates a rather ideal progression for students choosing the Politics with Quantitative Methods pathway. Students can study single honours also in Central & East European Studies, Economic & Social History, Social & Public Policy, and Sociology.
Figure 1: How 'with Quantitative Methods' fits into your degree curriculum
|Year||Subject 1||Subject 2||Subject 3|
|1||Politics 1A||Politics 1B||Sociology 1A||Sociology 1B||Economic and Social History 1A||Economic and Social History 1B|
|2||Politics 2A||Politics 2B||Sociology 2B||Sociology 2B||Quantitative Methods: Measuring Your Social World||Quantitative Methods: Analysing Your Social World|
|3||Quantitative Methods: Research Design and Method Selection||Quantitative Methods: Advanced Regression||Honours Politics courses|
|4||Dissertation in Politics*||Advanced Quantitative Methods **||Honours Politics courses|
*If the student wishes to use quantitative analysis, the Q-Step team can offer support either as primary supervisor, secondary supervisor or provide a workshop on the data analysis technique used for supervisor and student depending on which option is the most useful.
** Around 5 advanced quantitative courses will be produced which either offer very advanced training or offer a more applied approach linked to a substantive area.