Undergraduate 

Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci)

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.

  • September start: session dates
  • 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 Quantatative 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
  • Glasgow: main campus

Programme structure

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.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2020

MA (SocSci)

A-levels

  • Standard entry requirements: AAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum entry requirements: BBB considered for offer if additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: One A-level Arts, Humanities or Language subject.

    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Economics must have a minimum of GCSE Mathematics at Grade B (or Grade 5-6).
     
    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes.

     

About A-level entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


International Relations and joint degrees that include International Relations may require higher entry grades due to high demand for the subject.

A-Level qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.


Highers

  • S5 standard entry requirements: AAAAB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • S5 minimum entry requirements: AABB to be considered for S6 offer.
  • S6 standard entry requirements: AAAAAA cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders.
  • Additional requirements: Higher English or a Higher Humanities subject at Grades A or B.

    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Economics must have a minimum of National 5 Mathematics at Grade B.
     
    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. 

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow

  • Adjusted S5 standard entry requirements: AABBB/BBBBBB guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Adjusted S5 minimum entry requirements: No minimum at S5.
  • Adjusted S6 standard entry requirements: AABBB/BBBBBB cumulative grade requirement for S6 offer holders. Considered for offer at BBBBB.
  • Adjusted additional requirements: Higher English or a Higher Humanities subject at Grade B.

    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Economics must have a minimum of National 5 Mathematics at Grade B.
     
    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes.
     
    Successful completion and grades in either the Top-Up Programme or Summer School.

About Higher entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.


International Relations and joint degrees that include International Relations may require higher entry grades due to high demand for the subject.


International

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points including three HL subjects at 6,6,6 guaranteed offer if additional requirements met.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points including three HL subjects at 6,5,5 considered for offer if additional requirements met.
  • Additional requirements: HL6 English and a Humanities subject at HL6/SL6

    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes Economics must have a minimum of SL4 Mathematics or Mathematic Studies.
     
    Applicants who wish to study a joint programme that includes MathematicsStatistics or Computing Science must also meet BSc requirements for those programmes. 

About International Baccalaureate entry requirements

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).


International Baccalureate qualifications must be achieved at the first attempt.

European qualifications

International Relations and joint degrees that include International Relations may require higher entry grades due to high demand for the 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.

Pre-sessional courses
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:

FAQs

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 the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:


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.


Career prospects

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:

MA(SocSci) (Hons)

  • Central & East European Studies with Quantitative Methods: RG73
  • Economic & Social History with Quantitative Methods: VG33
  • International Relations with Quantatative Methods: L2G3
  • Politics with Quantitative Methods: LG23
  • Social & Public Policy with Quantitative Methods: LG43
  • Sociology with Quantitative Methods: LG33

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

Scholarships

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.

James McCune Smith Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean descent. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study only.

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Beaconhouse Schools

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.

More Information

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

How to apply

If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). International students may also apply via The Common Application – however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year (UCAS only). Students residing in the UK/EU should apply by the 15 January and International students should apply by the 30 June on the year of entry.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous 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.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or 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.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

Apply on commonapp.org (international students only)

Tuition Fee Status

Tuition fee status is determined by nationality and country of ordinary residence.

If you are a UK/EU citizen living outside the EU for over three years, it is likely that you will have to pay the international fee.

If you are unsure of your fee status, it is strongly advised that you apply by the 15 January deadline and submit a Fee Status Enquiry form as soon as possible.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

Apply on commonapp.org (international students only)

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