BA Quantitative Social Sciences (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:

• Human Geography, Urban Studies & Planning and Landscape
• 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.

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 research 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.

We have created some example pathway infographics that can help you see what your degree could be like:

Sociology, Criminology and Politics

Geography, Urban Studies & Planning and Landscape 



Entry requirements and course fees

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 grade C / 4 or above in GCSE Maths.

English language requirement will be standard IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course outcomes

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