MSci Politics with Quantitative Research Methods (L203)

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UCAS code L203
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 106 overall for L200 and L202

About MSci Politics with Quantitative Research Methods

This course is ideal for those interested in learning more about how to use numbers and data within the social sciences, and in acquiring practical and analytical skills that are attractive to employers. No prior knowledge of statistical techniques is required. 

Two thirds of your studies will follow the Single Honours Politics and International Relations course, acquiring core knowledge in your subject. The remaining third provides applied interdisciplinary training in quantitative methods.

In year one, we discuss how numbers and data are used to tell convincing stories in the media and social research. We consider what is meant by segregation, and how it can be mapped and measured.

Year two offers practical classes in social statistics and applied data analysis, developing your skills in numeracy and analysis to advance your study of politics, and enabling you to undertake your own individual research project in an area of quantitative social science in year three.

Year four offers training in more advanced quantitative methods suitable for postgraduate research.

Bristol offers a number of degrees that include quantitative research methods. This is part of a national initiative addressing the shortage of social science graduates with quantitative skills. These skills are highly valued by employers and are also beneficial for going on to postgraduate research.

More about Quantitative Research Methods

Find out more about studying Quantitative Research Methods and Politics and International Relations at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Convincing Stories? Numbers as evidence in the social sciences
  • Segregation and inequality in the UK (measurement and debate)
  • Political Concepts
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science

Second year

  • Principles of Quantitative Social Science
  • Conducting a Research Project using secondary data
  • Four units from Politics: Three second year units (one from each of the following streams: Political Theory, Comparative and National Politics and International Relations).  And a free choice of a second year unit in Politics and International Relations

Third year

  • Politics dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods)
  • Four third-year units from politics and international relations

Fourth year

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Social and Policy Research
  • Advanced Quantitative Research project
  • One unit from the following list (note that not all units will run each year):
    • Spatial data analysis, spatial regression modelling and GIS in R
    • Explanation, Causation and Longitudinal Analysis
    • Big Data and Society
  • Two politics units selected from a choice of options
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Politics with Quantitative Research Methods

Typical offer for MSci Politics with Quantitative Research Methods - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including an essay-based subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including an essay-based subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject
BTEC offer DDD in a relevant subject such as Health and Social Care or Public Services.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA including an essay-based subject
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
grade C in English Language and Mathematics. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application.

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