MA Sociology with Quantitative Methods
UCAS code: 5S9K
Duration: 4 years
School: Social and Political Science
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA Sociology with Quantitative Methods
On this programme, you will study how we interact and relate to one another, in short, how we create 'society'.
You will explore questions such as: how do people organise collectively around common goals? How do people come to share knowledge and beliefs about the world around them? How do societies and social groups distribute and manage power among their members? How do they form common collective identities? How do individual actions contribute to large social trends - and vice versa? And perhaps the most fundamental question of all - how much do we create society, versus how much does society create us?
One quarter of your study time will be devoted to quantitative methods. You will learn how to research sociology issues by using data in a practical setting.
This programme offers you the opportunity to take a paid internship, allowing you gain practical experience and further strengthen your skills. Our placement hosts include prestigious institutions such as the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and private sector employers.
This programme receives support and funding from the UK-wide Q-Step initiative, allowing you to benefit from small class sizes and develop your skills in close proximity to experts. There is also plenty of support available to help those less confident with maths.
As well as the normal compulsory Year 1 sociology courses you will also take courses that introduce you to using statistics and mathematics in social science. You also select from a wide range of option courses.
As well as the normal compulsory Year 2 sociology courses you will also take a course that gives you practical skills in doing social research using statistics. You also select from a wide range of option courses.
As well as the normal compulsory and option sociology courses you will also take a compulsory course in Statistical Modelling for Social Scientists and choose one of your option courses from a selection of courses in social statistics.
You will complete an individual research project (dissertation) on a topic of your choice and choose further sociology option courses and courses in social statistics.
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.
The School of Social & Political Science is in the University's Central Area with easy access to the University's library and computer facilities.
You will be eligible to apply for a paid placement with a range of host institutions. Placements are designed to allow you to apply your data skills in a real world setting.
Work placements are offered during the summer of Year 3.
Our Careers Service can offer advice and support on your application to the host institution.
In Year 3 you may study abroad through the University's international exchange programme, or the School's Erasmus exchange programme with universities in Bremen and Copenhagen.
How will I learn?
We use a combination of tutorials and lectures, online resources, class discussions and presentations.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed primarily through coursework including essays and short assignments of various kinds, take-home papers and in Year 4 you will complete an individual 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.
A good understanding of quantitative methods is highly valued by employers and covers a variety of skills that allow you to handle data and use numerical evidence systematically.
There is currently a deficit of graduates with advanced quantitative skills in the UK, so graduates with broad numerical skills are highly prized by employers.
This programme equips you with the skills employers need, opening doors to a wide range of exciting and well remunerated careers.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
- SQA Highers: AAAA - AABB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Higher: Mathematics at grade B. National 5: English at grade C.
- A Levels: Mathematics at grade B, or AS Mathematics at grade A (if A Level is not taken). GCSEs: English at grade C or 4. (Revised 18/3/2019 to provide more accurate information).
- IB: HL: Mathematics at grade 5. SL: Mathematics at grade 6 (if not taken at HL) and English at grade 5. Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Quantitative Methods programmes.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
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.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
SQA National 5 Grade C
SQA Standard Grade 3
SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
GCSE Grade C or 4
Level 2 Certificate Grade C
IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)
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