Advanced Quantitive Methods in Social Science MRes

2 years part-time, starting in September 2018

This course will train you to be a highly skilled social science researcher able to understand and use appropriate research techniques and become familiar with approaches used by other social scientists.

The course has been designed to include a substantial theoretical and quantitative core. Combined with complementary qualitative training, the programme provides the essential skills for any working researcher.

You will be trained in state-of-the-art techniques used in the analysis of social science quantitative data. This will enable you to think through how you can use your knowledge and advanced quantitative skills in different contexts, applying them to a variety of problems and specifically in the area of social, educational or political enquiry that most interests you.

The vibrant environment for training in quantitative social science methods will equip you with the skills to become a transdisciplinary future leader in innovative social science research.

This course is designed to enable you to carry out high-quality doctoral research or pursue other professional research activities. By the end of your studies you will be able to identify and investigate your own original research questions using advanced quantitative methods.

South West Doctoral Training Partnership

This MRes is delivered by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right or as part of the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, which enables successful graduates to proceed to a PhD.

If you apply for the 1+3 you must indicate your preferred PhD route in your application. Progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.

Learning and teaching

The collaboratively delivered unit days will involve lectures but also lab training and working with software to implement advanced quantitative methods. Some pre-course material will be made available before the intensive full-day delivery of these units.

Other units will be taught by combinations of lectures, seminars and computer lab sessions.

Careers

There is increasing demand for high-level quantitative skills from a wide range of private and public sector recruiters. Many firms and government departments are now committed to data-driven decision-making, making use of the increased availability of big data.

This course will equip you with a hybrid skill set that combines quantitative, computing and analytical skills with an understanding of social science research and enquiry.

Course structure

This course lasts 2 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2020. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Part-time students will typically take either two or three units in each semester. You should aim to complete as many of the compulsory units in the first year so as to provide the core knowledge.

Some units have requirements:

AQM 1 Experimental and Quasi-experimental Quantitative Methods for Social Science must be taken before AQM2 Advanced Modelling Techniques for Social Science.

Qualitative Methods 1 will need to have been taken before Qualitative Methods 2.

Short Research Apprenticeship Project must precede the Long Research Apprenticeship Project.

The actual balance will be flexible subject to agreement by the Director of Studies.

Units

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Research Design Methods & Skills for AQM (collaboratively delivered unit)
  • AQM1 Experimental and Quasi-experimental Quantitative Methods for Social Science
  • Qualitative Methods 1
  • Short Research Apprenticeship
  • Plus one optional unit

Semester 2

  • Mathematics and Programming Skills for Social Scientists (collaboratively delivered unit)
  • AQM2 Advanced Modelling Techniques for Social Science
  • Long Research Apprenticeship
  • Plus one optional unit

Summer

  • Compulsory dissertation

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment

  • Attendance
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Multiple choice examination
  • Portfolio
  • Written examination
  • Other

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree with substantive quantitative elements, such as economics, psychology, social policy, sociology, geography, politics, management or a Q-Step programme.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years, you completed your degree in the UK, you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Taiwan qualifications

A bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 75-80% (GPA 3.3-3.5) depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree with substantive quantitative elements, such as economics, psychology, social policy, sociology, geography, politics, management or a Q-Step programme.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Zimbabwe qualifications

A bachelor's honours degree with a final overall result of at least a 2:1.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree with substantive quantitative elements, such as economics, psychology, social policy, sociology, geography, politics, management or a Q-Step programme.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

China qualifications

A four-year Bachelor’s degree with a final overall score of at least 80% depending on the institution attended.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree with substantive quantitative elements, such as economics, psychology, social policy, sociology, geography, politics, management or a Q-Step programme.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Spain qualifications

A titulo de licenciado or titulo de ingeniero with a final overall score of at least 7.5.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree with substantive quantitative elements, such as economics, psychology, social policy, sociology, geography, politics, management or a Q-Step programme.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Other qualifications

We welcome applications from graduates from all countries so if you can’t see your country in the list, please contact our admissions team for advice about your specific entry requirements.

To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree with substantive quantitative elements, such as economics, psychology, social policy, sociology, geography, politics, management or a Q-Step programme.

We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

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Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

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Tuition fees

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Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Advanced Quantitive Methods in Social Science
  • Final award
    MRes
  • Mode of study
    Part-time
  • UK/EU application deadline
    31 August 2017
  • Overseas deadline
    30 June 2017
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Admissions
pgtadmissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225385115

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