Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code L435
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects Management Sociology Statistics Politics Geography Social Sciences Law Planning

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Sheffield Methods Institute
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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 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.

As one of only 15 UK Q-Step centres, we deliver 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, 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 both a specialist and non-specialist audience. You'll also be well-versed in the intellectual concerns of contemporary social science, specialising in one of the following areas:

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

You'll take a module that focuses on employability and 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 work for a local government office.

Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21
Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for this course in the 2020-21 academic year.

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 + additional qualifications BBB + B in a relevant EPQ; BBB + B in Core Maths
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
  • 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:

Introductory Quantitative Data Analysis for Social Scientists
Introductory research project in quantitative social science
Data Visualisation
Survey Design and Data Collection

Optional modules:

Analysing Politics
British Politics
Business Management in Context
Comprehending Criminology
Development, Planning and the State
Economy, Society and Public Policy (ESPP)
Environmental Change and Society
Exploring Human Geographies
Exploring New Horizons in Geography
Introducing Criminological Research
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought
Management Themes and Perspectives
The Changing Landscape
The Making of Urban Places
Classical Sociological Theory
Economics for Spatial Planning
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Housing, Home and Neighbourhood
Information and Communication Skills
Introducing Criminology
Introduction to Behaviour at Work
The Environmental Challenge
The Sociology of Everyday Life
Understanding Inequality
Welfare Politics and the State

Second year

Core modules:

Intermediate Research Project in Quantitative Social Science
Multivariate Data Analysis in Social Science

Optional modules:

Business Strategy
Career Management Theory and Practice
Cities and Modernities
Contemporary Security Challenges
Digital Media and Social Change
Doing Qualitative Research
Doing Quantitative Research
Dynamics of Social Change and Policy
Environment, Society and Politics
Environmental Pollution and Quality
Essentials of Marketing
Geographies of Development
Global Perspectives on Family Change and Continuity
International Relations Theory
Landscape Planning for a Changing World
Men, Feminism and Gender relations
Organisational Behaviour
Political Geographies
Political Theory in Practice
Profit, Planning and Context
Punishment and Penal Policy
Responding to Crime
Social Problems: Policy and Practice
Social and Cultural Geographies
Sociological Theory and Analysis
Spatial Analysis
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union
Understanding 'Race' and Migration
Understanding Criminology: Advanced Level Introduction
Urban Theory

Third year

Core modules:

Advanced Research Project in Quantitative Social Science
Doing Mixed Methods Research
Research Dissemination in Social Sciences

Optional modules:

Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Corporate Social Responsibility
Criminal Evidence
Criminology Research Project
Critical Ecologies
Critical Perspectives in Work and Organisational Psychology
Decolonising Geographies
Development and Global Change
Digital Health
Drugs, Crime and Control
Environmental Policy and Governance
Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
Geographies of Consumption
Housing Policy and Governance
Identity in a Digital Society
Industrial Relations
Integrated Marketing Communications
International Business
International Marketing
Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Justice in World Politics
Landscape Planning Toolkits
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Philosophy, Aesthetics and Place
Police and Policing in a Global Context
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Queer Theory and the Media
Responding to Crime and Victimisation
Restorative Justice
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Sexual Offending and Sex Offenders
Social Media, Data and Society
Sociology of Evil
Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
Strategy Practice
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Leisure Industry
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Rehabilitation of Offenders
The Sociology of Surveillance
The Value of Sociology
Transport and Infrastructure Planning
Urban Transformations
Values, Theory and Ethics in Spatial Planning
What it means to be human
Whiteness, Power and Privilege
Youth Crime and Justice

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

How you're taught is dependent on the electives you take. For example, some departments will offer electives that have more lecture time than other departments and 50% of your time is made up of elective modules. Below is an example of how your core modules would be taught within the Sheffield Methods Institute.

Scheduled teaching 17%
Independent study 83%
Placement 0%

Exams/tests 28%
Coursework 72%
Practical 0%

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.

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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.

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