Tom’s experience studying a Q-Step degree at the University of Kent | Case study

By Nuffield Foundation

Q-Step student Tom Barton talks about why he chose to study with the Q-Step Centre at Kent.


BA Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research
University of Kent


Why did you choose Q-Step?

Where there are lots of students on a certain module – if I can bring my statistical knowledge in, it can make my work unique and help me achieve higher grades.” Tom Barton, Q-Step student

What was your placement experience like?

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