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Why study quantitative methods with social and political sciences?

Quantitative methods underpin effective evidenced-based planning and procedure in the public, private and other sectors. Quantitative Methods (QM) can include anything from the ability to design surveys or experiments to using quantitative evidence from surveys, digital media, archives and open data.

There is currently a deficit of graduates with advanced quantitative skills in the UK, with many employers reporting widespread QM weakness amongst their employees.

It is estimated that by 2018 there will be a shortage of 15k-20K data scientists and up to 1.5m data savvy managers and professional in the US alone (McKinsey).

These degrees equip you with the skills employers tell us they need you to have, opening doors to a wide range of exciting and well remunerated careers including.:

Project coordinators

Trade union representatives

Lobbyists and activists

Watchdog analysts

Political aides

Health informatics analysts

Fund managers and fundraisers

Police teams and prison officers

Social statisticians

Local authority strategists

Club leaders and charity workers

Finance and personnel managers

Investigative journalists

Finance and personnel managers

Researchers for print, TV and online media

Neighbourhood planners

Government economists

CEO and industry officials

Government statisticians and researchers


Civil Service managers

Finance managers

Pressure groups

PR and market analysts


Management consultants

Evidence-based policy makers

Opinion pollsters


Why study Quantitiative Methods?

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