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MA Sociology with Quantitative Methods

UCAS code: 5S9K

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Social and Political Science

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA Sociology with Quantitative Methods

Sociology examines how individual choices are affected by wider social forces and how they can be understood by placing them in their social context.

You will study:

  • the relationship between individuals and groups
  • issues of belonging and identity
  • the social causes of cooperation and conflict
  • the way societies and social institutions are formed and change over time

You will also learn to compare different national contexts and understand contemporary social issues from a global perspective.

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.

Paid internship

This programme offers you the opportunity to take a paid internship, allowing you to 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.

Q-Step support and funding

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.

Year 1

We will introduce you to key sociological ideas by studying the relationship between individuals and groups through examining examples such as:

  • social change
  • drug use
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • gender

We help you develop the key skills you need to study sociology and apply your knowledge to life outside the classroom.

You will also take courses that introduce you to using statistics and mathematics in social science and select from a wide range of option courses.

Year 2

You will study how sociologists produce and use theory (Sociology 2a) and research evidence (Sociology 2b).

You will take a course that gives you practical skills in doing social research using statistics.

You will also select from a wide range of option courses.

Year 3

You will learn practical research skills, carry out a group research project, and study social theory.

Option courses cover many areas including:

  • environment and risk
  • globalisation
  • nationalism
  • the internet
  • youth culture

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.

Year 4

You will complete an individual research project (dissertation) on a topic of your choice.

You will also choose further sociology option courses and courses in social statistics.

Programme structure

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.

Programme structure (2021/22)

Our facilities

The School of Social and 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.

Study abroad

In Year 3 you may study abroad through the University's international exchange programme, or the School's exchange programme with universities in Bremen and Copenhagen.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

We use a combination of:

  • tutorials and lectures
  • online resources
  • class discussions
  • presentations

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed primarily through coursework including essays and short assignments of various kinds and take-home papers. In Year 4 you will complete an individual research project.

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. 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 or AAAA-AAAB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: AAA - ABB.
  • IB: 36 points with 665 at HL - 34 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: Highers: Mathematics at B. Higher Applications of Mathematics is not accepted in place of Higher Mathematics. National 5s: English at C.
  • A Levels: Mathematics at B, or AS Mathematics at A. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
  • IB: HL: Mathematics at 5. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics at 6 (if not at HL). Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Quantitative Methods degrees.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

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.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant 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.


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 at C
  • SQA Standard Grade at 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 at A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 at C
  • GCSE/IGSCE at C or 4
  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C
  • IB Standard Level at 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 (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component.
  • 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 degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

English language requirements

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA Sociology with Quantitative Methods

Additional costs



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Fees and funding