Why study for a Q-Step degree?

Q-Step Centres and Affiliates are based at 18 leading universities across the UK and offer degree programmes in a range of social science subjects, all of which include developing your quantitative skills, or in other words, your ability to handle data and use numerical evidence.

Developing quantitative skills, and your confidence in using them, will really enhance your insight and understanding of the key issues you encounter in your chosen field of study.

What you will learn

On a Q-Step degree programme, you can learn how to:

  • Design surveys and experiments, and how to analyse and interpret the data they generate – essentially how to design and undertake your own research.
  • Analyse and interpret data from other sources, such as social media data, data collected by government departments and agencies, and data from longitudinal cohort studies.
  • Evaluate the quality of other people’s data collection and analysis, as well as developing an understanding of what constitutes good – and bad! – evidence and how you can use it to make decisions.

Quantitative skills are highly desired by employees across all sectors and the skills you'll learn during your Q-Step degree will equip you for a range of well-paid careers.

Work placements

Many Q-Step Centres and Affiliates offer work placements, which will enable you to gain experience of applying your knowledge and skills in a professional environment and give you an advantage when applying for jobs.

Q-Step students have under taken work placements in a range of organisations including market research (Yougov), national statistical bodies (ONS), voluntary organisations (Citizens Advice Bureau) and arm's-length bodies (HMI Probation). 

Student feedback

"I really enjoyed my Q-Step placement working alongside a charity, which gave me great experience of working with and analysing data. I believe my placement opportunity was the reason that I had three graduate job offers within six weeks of finishing my studies. I am now on a graduate scheme with RBS.”

Sarah Bates, MMU Q-Step graduate 2015

A unique opportunity with outstanding teaching

The 18 universities that host Q-Step Centres and Affiliates were selected because of their commitment to excellence in quantitative social science training. They have received funding to enhance their social science degree programmes and recruit additional specialist teaching staff.

The quantitative skills element of Q-Step courses is fully integrated, so you’ll be able to apply what you learn to contemporary issues within your field of study. You will learn how to identify the most appropriate research methods for addressing a particular question, including qualitative methods such as interviews, participant observation and open questionnaires.

Q-Step Programmes deliver all the skills a 21st century social scientist requires to help tackle the big questions facing society. The Q-Step approach emphasise the practical rather than theoretical – you’ll use the latest datasets and software – so when you graduate you’ll be ready to enter the workplace straight away. A Q-Step degree will also open doors to postgraduate study in a range of disciplines.