A Q-Step ahead
We are one of 18 institutions in the UK to have been selected to participate in the Q-Step programme, in recognition of our commitment to developing students' quantitative expertise.
What is the Q-Step programme?
Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the ESRC and HEFCE, this national initiative is designed to help provide the next generation of social scientists with the evaluative and analytical skills required to examine data.
The UK has a shortage of graduates with the ability to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research. Yet these skills are increasingly in demand from employers across all sectors including government, business and charities.
The Q-Step programme was developed as a strategic response to this shortage and aims to increase the number of quantitatively trained social scientists so that they can address the growing number of issues that require these skills. It also serves to offer broader training that opens up a wider range of career prospects for these graduates.
The following schools within our faculty are participating in the Q-Step Affiliate programme: geography, law, politics and international relations, and sociology and social policy.
Each provides at least one undergraduate course with an optional 'with Quantitative Methods' pathway, which has been specially designed to equip you with a deeper understanding of data analysis:
Placements and short courses
As part of the Q-Step programme, we encourage students to undertake placements to develop their quantitative skills and apply them to real-world problems. There are also a number of extracurricular short courses, workshops and summer schools available through the national Q-Step network. Bursaries are available for placement and extracurricular activities.