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Sheffield Methods Institute
Telephone +44 114 222 8345
Email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/smi/undergraduate

Sheffield Methods Institute

World Top 100 for social sciences
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

UK top 10 for social sciences
Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

The Sheffield Methods Institute is home to the Sheffield Q-Step centre which delivers the BSc in Quantitative Social Sciences.

Course description

This innovative degree breaks down the boundaries between different social science disciplines. In the first year you'll study up to three subjects, examining societal issues from various points of view. In the second year you choose up to two subject areas. In your third year you'll choose just one area to specialise in from the following:

* Criminology
* Education, Culture and Childhood
* Human Geography
* Politics
* Sociology
* Social policy

There are plenty of chances to get valuable work experience, including on our placement scheme. You might work on a project for an industry partner, go on placement with a company or do consultation or research work for a government office or research centre.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AB
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Sheffield Methods Institute website

First year

Core modules:

The Foundations of Social Science

Optional modules:

Analysing News
Analysing Politics
British Politics
Child Psychology
Comprehending Criminology
Development, Planning and the State
Education, Power and Society: Introduction to the Sociology of Education
Exploring Human Geographies
Exploring New Horizons in Geography
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought
Reporting Institutions
The Making of Urban Places
Classical Sociological Theory
Exploring Classical Social Thought Seminars
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Introducing Criminology
Social Divisions Seminar
The Sociological Imagination Seminar
The Sociology of Everyday Life
Understanding Inequality
Welfare Politics and the State

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Sheffield Methods Institute

The international jobs market is going to need a different kind of social science graduate. We're leading the way with two innovative degrees.

Today, social science graduates are expected to have more than one area of expertise. Our degrees are taught by experts from across the social sciences faculty so you're not limited to just one subject. We also have a strong focus on research skills that will set you apart from other graduates.

We're committed to providing individual support to help you succeed - while you're a student with us and after you graduate. Work experience and practical skills are a big part of our degrees. They're built into our courses so you'll have opportunities to go on work placements, for short periods or for a whole year, and you'll learn methods used by the world's leading social sciences researchers.

Our courses draw on research and teaching expertise from across Sheffield's highly rated Faculty of Social Sciences. Our academics are highly respected leaders within their fields and are working at the cutting edge of their disciplines. Their world-class research addresses the major challenges facing society and it drives and enhances our teaching.

Sheffield Methods Institute website

What our graduates do

Our courses have been specifically designed to meet the growing demand for social science researchers with data analysis skills. You might choose to apply your skills in the public or private sector, for a charity or an NGO.

Previous students from the SMI have gone into analyst roles in local government and the private sector. Some have gone onto research positions and others have started their own business.

Our placements give you valuable work experience and help prepare you for life after you graduate. To hear more about our placements from our students and employers, see the link below.

Work experience and practical skills are a big part of our degrees. There are opportunities to go on work placements, for short periods or for a whole year, and you'll learn methods used by the world's leading social sciences researchers.

Our graduates have gone into analyst roles in local government and the private sector, or further research. Others have launched their own businesses.

BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics (L200)

This degree prepares you for work in government, NGOs and other third sector employers, and organisations focused on understanding, interpreting and advocating in the public policy arena. We'll teach you the principles and skills to start your career and make an impact in the workplace.

Placement scheme at the Sheffield Methods Institute

Student profile


What our students say

"I loved my choice modules, but my core module Foundations of Social Science has been amazing. It really made my coursemates and I bond as a group. I learnt really invaluable skills that other courses don't necessarily teach, which I can take forward to second and third year."

Stephanie Partridge ,
BA Applied Social Science student

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Undergraduate admissions team
Sheffield Methods Institute
Telephone +44 114 222 8345
Email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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