The University of Glasgow’s Q-Step Centre offers programmes which develop your quantitative skills, or in other words, your ability to handle data and use numerical evidence.
Developing quantitative skills and your confidence in using them will really enhance your insight and understanding of the key issues you encounter in your chosen field of study.
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- Central & East European Studies with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): RG73 4 year degree
- Economic & Social History with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): VG33 4 year degree
- International Relations with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): L2G3 4 year degree
- Politics with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): LG23 4 year degree
- Social & Public Policy with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): LG43 4 year degree
- Sociology with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): LG33 4 year degree
What to expect
The University of Glasgow Q-Step Centre offers six degree programmes that integrate quantitative skills training within the School of Social & Political Sciences. All of these programmes aim to engage you with meaningful ways of understanding the social world.
We will teach you how to understand and analyse quantitative results, as well as how to present your own, and how to discuss their substantive implications.
These are essential skills for understanding quantitative evidence presented in academic literature, but also for interrogating data in public media and government reports.
Around one quarter of your study time will be devoted to quantitative methods. The Economic and Social Research Council, the largest funders of social science research and PhD scholarships in the UK have concluded that graduates of our 'with Quantitative Methods' degrees have commensurate quantitative skills to their PhD students who have completed core training. The quality of our teaching is borne out by 55% of the class receiving First-class Honours in 2018.
Our degrees also offer you the possibility to gain valuable experience by participating in internships with selected high-profile employers. One student who worked with our School of Education has been named and acknowledged in a peer-reviewed academic journal article in the prestigious journal Oxford Review of Education. Another student interning with the Scottish Human Rights Commission completed a report and presented it to MSPs, colleagues from New York, US, the Scottish Government, and statutory and voluntary organisations in Scotland.
MA (SocSci) Sociology with Quantitative Methods
Sociology studies the ways that people organise their lives together, the constraints within which they do so, the patterns of their social behaviour, and the causes and consequences of social inequalities. Sociology at Glasgow combines sociological, criminological and anthropological perspectives.
MA (SocSci) Politics with Quantitative Methods
Politics is the study of the way power and influence are distributed within society and how this affects decision-making within and among countries and states. You will study the ideas which inform and explain political activity alongside political institutions and behaviour.
MA (SocSci) Social & Public Policy with Quantitative Methods
Social and Public Policy focuses on social problems such as poverty, homelessness and ill-health. The programme applies ideas from political science, sociology and economics to explore how governments shape their responses, and to understand the impacts of public policy on society.
MA (SocSci) Central & East European Studies with Quantitative Methods
You will study the history, economics, politics and sociology of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. You will chart developments including processes of economic and territorial change, aspects of social and cultural diversity, migration and the role of the media. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study Hungarian,Czech, Polish, or Russian.
MA (SocSci) Economic & Social History with Quantitative Methods
Economic and Social History is the study of the way societies change in their economic activities and social organisation. You will study how people in the past lived and worked, and how this has affected the development of today’s world.
MA (SocSci) International Relations with Quantitative Methods
International relations is the study of how states and national societies interact across borders, especially in the areas of political, military, economic and cultural relations.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
for entry in 2021
Summary of entry requirements for Quantitative Methods
SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)
- AAAAB (AABB S5 minimum for consideration)
- Additional requirements: Higher English or Higher Humanities subject.
SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S6)
- AABBB – BBBBB
- Additional requirements: Higher English or Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.
A-level Standard Entry Requirements
- AAB – BBB
- Additional requirements: A-level English or Humanities subject.
IB Standard Entry Requirements
- 38 (6,6,6 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
- Additional requirements: HL English or Humanities subject.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact External Relations
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
Social scientists with quantitative skills are able to evaluate evidence, analyse data, design and commission research. These skills are increasingly demanded across a wide range of professions and sectors, including government, business, charities and academia.
Degrees and UCAS codes
Quantitative Methods can only be taken with the following degrees, with Quantitative Methods modules studied from year 2.
When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.
- 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also applying to Oxford or Cambridge
- 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
- 30 June: international (non-EU) students
We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.
It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.
- Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college
- Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468
- Apply at commonapp.org (international students)