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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.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/quantitative-research-methods-msc

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

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 statistical and builds on this with an emphasis on the economics of education.

- Core Modules
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)

- Options
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

- Dissertation/report
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.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: EU students
Criteria:

- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Value: Fees and some expenses
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Erasmus Bursary
Value: £350/month (1)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Fulbright
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE International Master's Student Bursaries
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Careers

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

- Employability
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?

The Department of Social Science houses three prestigious, research intensive units of UCL Institute of Education that together provide a foundation for world-leading work in childhood studies, social work, social pedagogy, families and health-related studies with a strong professional dimension.

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.

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
This programme is aimed at practitioners in the fields of public, social and education policy. It is suitable for those looking to lay the groundwork for further work at PhD level as well as for those wishing to apply quantitative research methods in central, local and devolved government or the third sector.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Quantitative Research Methods at graduate level
- why you want to study Quantitative Research Methods at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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 a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a social science discipline (Policy Analysis pathway), or economics or related social science (Education pathway). For the Education pathway a knowledge of basic statistics and a background in education policy and administration is also required.

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