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Quantitative Research Methods - MSc

Course Description

The Quantitative Research Methods MSc gives students a broad training in social science research methods, with an emphasis on the quantitative methods most relevant in an academic or policy context.

Degree information

There are two routes through the programme: a Policy Analysis pathway, introducing students to statistical analysis and building on this to develop quantitative skills in the analysis of policy; and an Education pathway, which assumes a basic knowledge of statistics and builds on this with an emphasis on the economics of education.

This degree currently runs in blocks of two days per module leaving you plenty of time between modules for further reading and assignments

The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (60 credits) and a report (30 credits).

Core modules - students choose one of two pathways through this programme: Education or Policy Analysis.
-Impact Evaluation Methods
-Statistical Analysis (Policy Analysis pathway)
-Longitudinal Research and Analysis (Policy Analysis pathway)
-Economic Perspectives on Education Policy (Education pathway)
-Quantitative Analysis 2 (Education pathway)

Optional modules - students take two of the following optional modules:
-Education and Development in Asia
-Educational Testing
-Longitudinal Research and Analysis
-Quantitative Analysis 1
-Quantitative Analysis 3
-Social Policy: Theory, Practice and Research
-Systematic Reviews for Policy and Practice
-Understanding Education Policy

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a report of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via face-to-face daytime and evening sessions. Assessment is through coursework assignments and a 10,000-word report.


Graduates of this Master's degree are currently working as:
-University and college lecturers and researchers
-Civil servants
-Third sector employees
-Social researchers
-Market researchers

Quantitative skills are in demand and there are a range of professions seeking students with quantitative social science degrees including government departments, academia, journalism, financial analysis for banks and marketing.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Social Science is a research intensive department with world leading experts in quantitative methodology and a broad range of social science subjects. We have a lively community of staff, PhD, MSc and undergraduate students, involved in seminars, workshops and reading groups in addition to formal teaching which you will be free to join.

One of the department’s many specialisations is in applying quantitative methods to data to inform policy on education, health, labour markets, human development and child/adult wellbeing.

The department’s staff have a broad range of interests, which includes expertise in economics, sociology, psychology, social statistics, survey methods and data collection, mixed-methods research, and the techniques of policy evaluation.

Visit the Quantitative Research Methods - MSc page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a social science discipline.

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