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Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences PhD
Most students complete this programme in 4 years full-time
Utilise expertise in quantitative methods from a range of disciplines to a higher level than is usually offered.
You'll benefit from insights from a number of disciplines and research groups, including social and policy sciences, economics, psychology and health.
You may start this programme at any time. Most students start in September.
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.
Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor.
- Writing up
- Give notice of intention to submit a thesis / portfolio
- Submission for examination
- Examination (Viva Voce)
- Examiners report
- Final submission of thesis / portfolio
This pathway is for social scientists who wish to learn advanced quantitative methods and apply them appropriately to answer particular substantive questions from their discipline. It's also well-suited to statistically trained researchers whose interests are more methodological.
You'll be part of a group of social scientists interested in interdisciplinary research involving the application of quantitative methods from one discipline (for example economics) to problems in another (for example politics).
Projects may involve applying statistical methods used in other disciplines to social science problems, or developing novel statistical methods for analysing social-science data.
Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.
This course is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).
If you wish to study for both the MRes and the PhD (the 1 + 3) you should apply for the PhD but indicate on the Application Form, that you also wish to study for the MRes.
Progression from the MRes to the PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).
- At least a 2:1 degree in a social science subject (or)
- An equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience
Underlying these conditions is a belief that students must bring a minimum combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience to the programme. Marginal cases are often dealt with at interview, and it is not uncommon for relatively inexperienced students to be asked to defer entry.
English Language requirements
You will normally need one of the following:
- IELTS: 7.0 overall with no less than 6.5 in all components
- The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 69 with no less than 62 in any element
- TOEFL IBT: 100 overall with a minimum 24 in all 4 components
You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference from the most recent place of study.
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.
These fees are for the academic years stated only. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.
Home and Island students
Tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23
Tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23
You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study; we will not increase your fees each year by more than this percentage and the amount will be set out on our fee page in December for the following academic year.
If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.
Programme titleAdvanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences PhD
Mode of studyFull-time
LocationUniversity of Bath
Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
3 months prior to the intended start date (for International applicants) or 2 months prior to the intended start date (for Home applicants). For example, for an end of September start, the deadline is 30 June (International) and 31 July (Home)
Your research proposal should address a problem in your chosen discipline that can be pursued by the application of advanced quantitative techniques. Given the nature of the pathway, interdisciplinary approaches – which seek to address a question in one discipline by drawing on approaches and (quantitative) methods from different disciplinary perspectives – are very much welcome.
The proposal itself should include:
- a brief review of relevant background literature (to contextualise the issue)
- a core research question or theme
- an outline of the possible methods that could be used to address this question
See our guide about how to apply for doctoral study
If you are an international student applying for this course, find out more about the visa requirements for studying in the UK.