Masters | Postgraduate Course - Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) In Social Sciences MRes Course Details within University of Exeter

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Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) In Social Sciences MRes

Study Details

MRes 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This new and distinctive MRes aims to develop a systematic understanding and critical appreciation of alternative approaches, methodologies and paradigms of social science research. It will develop fully trained and competent social science researchers, who are able to understand and use research techniques appropriate to their subject area as well as being conversant with approaches used by other social scientists.

Module details

This programme comprises 180 credits in total.

Compulsory modules

  • SSIM904 Research Design Methods & Skills for AQM 15
  • POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15
  • SSIM905 Mathematics and Programming Skills for Social Scientists 15
  • SSIM906 Quantitative Dissertation 45

Optional modules

Plus 90 credits of options of which up to 30 credits may be taken outside Politics. Options can also be chosen from AQM offerings at Bristol and Bath.

The programmes is delivered collaboratively as part of the SWDTP.  The two core modules (SSIMX Research Design and SSIMX Mathematics…) are delivered by the three institutions (Bath, Bristol and Exeter). For the 90 additional credits students are allowed to take modules from the participating institutions. The following list is indicative. 

Optional Modules at Exeter

  • Text as Data
  • Education Policy Evaluation

Optional Bristol Modules

  • Explaining Causation
  • Spatial Data Analysis

Optional Bath Modules

  • AQM 1 – Experimental and Quasi-experimental Quantitative Methods for Social Science
  • AQM 2 – Advanced Modelling Techniques for Social Science
  • POLM150 Text as data 15
  • SOCM025 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 15
  • SOCM026 Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies 15

Sociology PGT modules 2017-8

  • SOCM002A Philosophy of the Social Sciences 1 15
  • SOCM013 Independent Study in Sociology and Philosophy 30
  • SOCM016 Cultures of the Life Sciences 30
  • SOCM019 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 15
  • SOCM020 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 30
  • SOCM945 Philosophy of Science 30
  • SOCM950 Science Technology and Society 30
  • SOCM002B Philosophy of the Social Sciences 30
  • SOCM023 Social Theory 15
  • SOCM024 Cultural Sociology 30
  • SOCM025 Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 15
  • SOCM026 Using Longitudinal Data in Family Policy Studies 15
  • SOCM027 Social Theory 30
  • SOCM030 Gender at Work 30
  • SOCM028 Policy Analytics: Data Driven Policy Analysis and Evidence Based Decision-making 30
  • SOCM029 Data Visualisation 15

Entry Requirements

Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university.

Students will be required to demonstrate that their undergraduate course contained a substantial quantitative element (nominally 60 credit points, 30 European Credit Transfers) and that their dissertation included the use of quantitative methods. 

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

Graduates of Politics at the University of Exeter have been highly successful in securing interesting career opportunities and in progressing to higher research degrees.