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Why study with us?

Studying on our programmes will provide you with a deep knowledge of your subject as well as the ability to handle data and use numerical evidence systematically.

We have developed these programmes to address skill shortages in the labour market. This means that a degree with quantitative methods will open doors to a wide range of exciting and well remunerated careers.

These are some of the reasons why we think you should choose us:

  • Study a prestige programme at one of the world’s top 20 universities.
    Edinburgh is one of only 15 UK Universities selected to offer Q-Step programmes.The School of Social and Political Science has a global reputation for research, which helps us attract some of the international research community’s sharpest minds. You will be taught by internationally renowned scholars who are experts in their fields working at the forefront of their disciplines. As a student with us, you will gain access to world leading research and insight into the groundwork behind it.
    The University of Edinburgh is also consistently ranked one of the top 20 universities in the world, so by taking one of our programmes you will make sure your CV stands-out.
  • Develop the skills that employers need in tomorrow’s graduates.
    Developing quantitative skills alongside knowledge of your subject will prepare you for a variety of exciting and well remunerated careers. There is currently a shortage of data scientists and so graduates with broad numerical skills are highly prized by employers.
  • Gain valuable experience through internships
    You will have the chance to practice your data analysis skills in internships with one of a range of host institutions including the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and a range of third and private sector employers.
  • Develop your skills in a supportive environment.
    You will benefit from small class sizes and from hands-on learning with award winning teachers. There is also plenty of help available to develop your confidence in maths and statistics.
    On your first year you will be assigned a Personal Tutor. Your Personal Tutor, always an member of the teaching staff, will provide you with academic advice, guidance on your course choices, regular guidance on your academic progress, and advice on where and how to seek help with personal problems. The current Q-Step personal tutor won the 2014/5 EUSA (Edinburgh University Students Association) Best Personal Tutor, so you will be in a safe pair of hands.
  • Flexibility and choice
    Our degrees are designed to include four years of study, providing you with a broad and flexible education. Having the opportunity to try a wide range of subjects before specialising means that even if you know exactly what you want to do, you can still add breadth to your knowledge.
    As part of a four year degree, you may also have the exciting opportunity to study abroad. We offer more than 500 international exchange places at other world-class institutions each year. This valuable experience is credited as part of your degree and allows you to develop transferable skills, which look great on your CV.

    Graduating with a four year degree from the School of Social and Political Science will provide you with a breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and experiences as well as the comparative advantage required to impress future employers

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