Why study at Bristol?
We are offering a unique opportunity for students from across the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law (here including geography) to study on a shared pathway that will approach quantitative methods from an applied and cross-disciplinary perspective to complement but not replace disciplinary specific learning.
Our objective is to nurture enhanced quantitative skills for students in childhood studies, human geography, politics, sociology and social policy - skills that will assist those students to get a job, encourage their learning or prepare them for postdoctoral study.
Members of the Bristol Q-Step team have considerable expertise in teaching quantitative social science, from the introductory level in our Convincing Stories? Numbers as Evidence in the Social Sciences unit to our Advanced Quantitative Methods pathway of the South West Doctoral Training Centre. The School of Geographical Sciences is a world leader in quantitative human geography. The School for Policy Studies hosts the internationally respected Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research.
We do not believe that learning quantitative methods has to be off-putting or inaccessible even for those who regard themselves as less mathematically proficient. There is a clear difference between learning maths (which is not what we offer) and learning how to apply analytical methods to questions of interest to the social sciences (which is).
Students completing the quantitative pathway will graduate with the words "... with quantitative research methods" in their degree title (for example, Politics with Quantitative Research Methods) giving a clear signal to employers about the skills training these students have received. Our programmes also offer the opportunity for an integrated Masters qualification (M.Sci.) for students who wish to continue into a fourth year of study. This option will be particularly attractive for those students who wish to continue to postgraduate study or are looking to further enhance the attractiveness of their skills training to potential employers.