Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L435
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Management Sociology Statistics Politics Geography Social Sciences Law Planning

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Undergraduate admissions team
Sheffield Methods Institute
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 7103

Course description

This course gets to the heart of social science and why it matters: how high-quality research is done, how it's communicated and the difference it can make to our lives.

One of only 15 UK Q-Step centres (, this course delivers intensive training in quantitative methods. From gathering and interpreting data, to understanding trends and how social statistics are created and used, you'll learn data literacy and analysis skills in an accessible, engaging yet rigorous way.

You'll learn how to use statistical software packages to find answers to the important questions about society, through hands-on practical sessions using our state-of-the-art computer laboratory. You'll become a highly proficient researcher, adept at communicating your findings to a non-specialist audience.

You'll also be well-versed in the intellectual concerns of contemporary social science, taking one of the following pathways:

* Sociology, Politics and Criminology
* Human Geography, Landscape and Urban Studies
* Management

An interactive guide to subject options and module descriptions to help you plan your bespoke course can be found at:

Each year, you'll take a module that focuses on employability. And there are plenty of chances to get valuable experience. You might work on a project for an industry partner, go on placement with a company or do consultation work for a local government office.

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. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2
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
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 28%
Coursework 72%
Practical 0%

Sheffield Methods Institute

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

Today, social science graduates are expected to have more than one area of expertise. Our new degrees are taught by experts from across the 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.

Work experience and practical skills are a big part of our new 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.

Both courses draw on research and teaching expertise from across Sheffield's highly rated Faculty of Social Sciences. The Times 2018 guide puts us in the UK top ten for politics, town and country planning and landscape, and communication and media studies.

Sheffield Methods Institute website

What our graduates do

Our courses have been designed to meet the growing demand for social science researchers with quantitative data skills. You might choose to apply your skills in the public or private sector, for a charity or an NGO. If you're interested in starting your own business, we can help you prepare for that too.

Student profile

Picture of Josefin Wendel, Faculty of Social Sciences

"I love my degree and how it combines different areas allowing me to study a wide range of topics. However, the main reason I chose the University of Sheffield was the friendly atmosphere, both among staff and students. I'm from Sweden and was worried about moving to a new city and country, but everyone is really friendly and open."

Josefin Wendel ,
Undergraduate, Faculty of Social Sciences

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