QSS

Quantitative Social Sciences BA (L435)

Course overview

This unique three-year degree has been designed and delivered by the Sheffield Q-Step centre which is one of only 15 Q-Step centres in the UK. Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training in the UK.

On the course you will learn innovative and cutting edge research methods which allow the analysis of large data sets using the latest software and techniques, including social media. You will also choose from three subject pathways that lend themselves to the analysis of numerical data, a skill that is in demand by the UK job market.

This is a unique, multidisciplinary degree that combines high-level training in quantitative methods with modules from a choice of three pathways:

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

Through your choice of modules and the option to take a language module, you will become confident in quantitative methods and also in the key intellectual concerns of contemporary social science.

Throughout the degree you will have opportunities to showcase your work to peers, academics and employers and publish work.  You will also conduct quantitative research projects with employers or join the student Research Assistant scheme working with academics in the University. You can also choose to take a summer or year-long work placement, making this a Degree with Employment Experience (DEE). You can also study away from Sheffield with our Study Abroad and Erasmus programmes.

Where Will I Study?

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

How Will I Study?

Your course is structured by learning and assessment hours. You can see an example of the breakdown of learning and assessment hours by following this link, and choosing the 'Learning and assessment' tab in our online prospectus.

The structure of your course may change slightly depending on the modules you choose during the optional module selection process

Course structure & module information

This unique course is the first of its kind in the UK and leads the way in developing graduates with a quantitative skills set, relevant to the Global job market.

The course has been designed in three structured routes that allow you to explore subjects within related fields, whilst training you in quantitative research methods that employers are demanding.

You will study the core modules and optional modules within the Sheffield Methods Institute which is housed in the ICOSS building in the centre of campus. You will have use of unique purpose built student area which includes a high spec data lab.

The subject teaching that you choose will be taught in the department which will give you the experience of studying within different departments and use of their facilities.

You will first choose your subject choices and then modules from that subject. You won't need to make your final decisions until your Intro week but the course guide will give you more detailed information to help you plan your degree your way.

These modules are optional but available to all students on all programmes at level 1.

SMI102 - Economy, Society and Public Policy

This module has been created specifically for social science students who are NOT economists, but who want to understand how the economy works, and how it can be made to work better.

The module will give you an understanding of the ways in which we can interpret the evidence on the social and economic issues of today, and formulate appropriate public policy interventions. We emphasise issues of power, social norms, fairness, institutions, etc, and illustrate throughout with real-world data.

SMI204 - Placement Module

This unit involves students undertaking a work placement with an employer. Support will be provided help in selecting an appropriate placement, which can be completed any time between the start of the spring semester and the end of July. Students will undertake a placement of 60 hours duration and will be supported throughout by a tutor. Students will complete a learning journal, which will enable them to reflect critically on their experience.

Work Placements

A placement is an excellent opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in your course so far and gain invaluable workplace experience. It isn’t something you apply for before you get here and they aren’t guaranteed – it’s your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help. 

Recent student placement partners include YouGov, South Yorkshire Police and Shelter.

For more information please see our student blogs or email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

The structure of your course may change slightly depending on the modules you choose during the optional module selection process

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.

Entry requirements

As part of a prestigious Russell Group institution our entry requirements reflect the strong competition for places.

We require ABB at A-level in any subject, or the equivalent, and GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or better (grade C) or equivalent.

For International students our standard IELTS requirement is 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component and our international entry requirements can be found online on our international pages.

We would expect candidates to possess basic computer literacy together with English and Maths as demonstrated by the GCSE requirements.

Placement Year

Work Placements

A placement is an excellent opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt in your course so far and gain invaluable workplace experience. It isn’t something you apply for before you get here and they aren’t guaranteed – it’s your responsibility to secure one but we’ll do everything we can to help.

Recent student placement partners include YouGov, South Yorkshire Police and Shelter.

PlaceME@SMI is a placement scheme funded by the Sheffield Q-Step Centre which is part of the Sheffield Methods Institute at The University of Sheffield.

We are giving undergraduate students a chance to work on exciting projects involving analysis of quantitative data, with our external partners such as commercial businesses and government organisations or internally with our leading researchers.

For more information please see our student blogs or email smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

Careers and employability

This course is part of the Q-Step programme has been designed as a response to nationwide shortage of social science graduates with quantitative skills and provides you will skills that are highly in demand by in the job market.

You will graduate with skills combining subject knowledge, analytical thinking, communication and strong quantitative skills which will make you attractive to a wide range of employers, it has been estimated last year there were around 58,000 job vacancies in data analysis to be filled each year - you can find out more about the data skills gap at British Academy's Count Us In campaign.

The course will also provide you with the skills and knowledge to continue your research within academia.   

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees

Our fees and finance structure can be seen on our website for tuition fees.

Undergraduate tuition fees

Other Potential Costs

There may be some other potential costs associated with your degree, these are listed below. If you'd like to look up fees for Full Time Undergraduate courses by Department name, or by partial course name/course code you can do that too.

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Reassessment Fees

If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam webpages.

Examinations Overseas

If you have international fee status and are required to resit examinations you may be able to apply to sit these in your home countries. To do this a fee will be payable to the University. Find out more.

Late Registration Fee

If you are late registering for your course you may be required to pay a late registration fee of £50 depending on your circumstances.

Text books

Although our library is fully stocked and provides all essential texts used during your studies at the SMI, you may wish to purchase your own text books to help you with your studies. Text book prices vary per course and per year. A reading list for each module will be provided at the start of the module.

Additional funding While the cost of living for our students is among the lowest in the country, you may still be able to benefit from the extra financial assistance we can provide.

Mature Students

If you are a mature student who has been out of education for some time or you don't have the required entry qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for Applied Social Sciences with a Foundation Year. On this course, you will study with the Department for Lifelong Learning for a year (or 2 years part-time) before transferring onto the Applied Social Sciences degree. For more information visit the Department for Lifelong Learning webpages

Up-to-date information on the course fees for home overseas students

Length of Programme

The Quantitative Social Sciences BA programme is a three year course full-time. There is an option to study Quantitative Social Sciences with a Foundation Year programme with the Department for Life Long Learning before you commence your studies at the SMI, which would be a 4 year course in total.

Other Information

For more information on support whilst you're a student at the SMI please visit our student pages where you can find a host of information on how we support you whilst you're a student including Disability Support and the Career Service.

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For any admission enquiries please email: smi-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk