UCAS code: L231
Duration: 4 years
School: Social and Political Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
This programme is based on social policy - the study of societies and the way they change through policymaking. It looks at the ways in which public policies, social institutions and market forces affect how contemporary societies operate and are affected by debates about social justice. Social policy is relevant to many areas of everyday life, including housing, employment, income, health and education.
Government, Policy and Society with Quantitative Methods is designed for students interested in the content of social policy, the process by which policy is made and its impact on society. You will study these topics at local, national and global levels. The programme specifically equips you with advanced quantitative skills that allow you to engage at a high level with evidence-based policymaking.
The programme receives support and funding from the UK-wide Q-Step initiative, allowing you to benefit from small class sizes and to develop your skills in close proximity to experts. There is also plenty of support available to help those less confident with maths.
There are two compulsory courses in social policy during Year 1: Social Policy & Society and Understanding Public Policy.
During Year 1 or 2, you must also take at least two courses from the list: Rethinking the Financial Crisis, Politics of the Welfare State and European Social Policy.
In addition, you must take two quantitative methods courses: Mathematics for Social Science and Introduction to Statistics for Social Science.
For your remaining one or two courses during Year 1, you may choose freely from a wide range across the University.
There is one compulsory course in social policy during Year 2: Evidence, Politics and Policy.
In addition, you must take one quantitative methods courses: Doing Social Research with Statistics.
For your remaining two or three courses in Year 1, you may choose freely from a wide range across the University.
You must take three core courses: Designing and Doing Social Research, Analytical Perspectives in Social Policy, and Statistical Modelling.
During Years 3 and 4, two or three courses must be in advanced quantitative methods and the remainder in a variety of topics in public policy, such as social inequality, labour markets, childhood, health policy, and education policy.
You will do a dissertation in Year 4.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Most of the teaching takes place in the University's Central Area. You will also have access to the University's computer facilities and libraries.
Opportunities are offered to undertake an eight-week work placement with a local employer, concentrating on the use of statistical evidence in policymaking.
You may apply to spend Year 3 abroad in one of several universities in North America, Central and South America, Australia and Asia with whom the University has special links. In addition, we have European Erasmus exchange schemes with Leuphana University Lüneburg and Jacobs University Bremen (Germany). You can also apply to university-wide Erasmus exchanges in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Dublin (Ireland) and Lund (Sweden).
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials/seminars and individual supervision.
You will be assessed by a combination of exams and coursework, and through a Year 4 research project.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Quantitative skills in social science are in very short supply in the UK and further afield. Graduating from this programme can thus open up a very wide range of fulfilling careers, in government, voluntary organisations, pressure groups or commercial organisations.
The programme also equips you with skills and knowledge that could be applied to careers in teaching or to the management and delivery of services, whether public or commercial.
You will have access to bespoke careers advice in recognition of the strengthened employability that arises from quantitative expertise.
The typical offer is likely to be:
IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including Mathematics. SL: Mathematics at 6 (if not taken at HL) and English at 5. IB applicants should note that Maths Studies is not accepted for any of our Quantitative Methods programmes.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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