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University of Bristol

Politics with Quantitative Research Methods

UCAS Code: L203

Master of Science - MSci

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA including an essay-based subject* Contextual offer: ABB including A in an essay-based subject. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject.

Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.

Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Standard numeracy GCSE profile requirements. To find out more please visit, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/gcse/

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-32

36 overall including 18 points at Higher Level, with 6 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject. Contextual offer: 32 points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in an essay-based subject. Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

DDD in a relevant subject such as Health and Social Care or Public Services.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

SH: AAAAB and AH: AA including an essay-based subject

UCAS Tariff

144-159

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Politics

This course is ideal for students interested in learning more about using numbers and data within the social sciences, and in acquiring practical and analytical skills that are attractive to employers. No prior knowledge of statistical techniques is required.

Two thirds of your studies will follow the Single Honours Politics and International Relations course, where you will acquire core knowledge in your subject. The remaining third provides applied interdisciplinary training in quantitative methods.

In year one we discuss how numbers and data are used to tell convincing stories in the media and social research. We consider what is meant by segregation, and how it can be mapped and measured.

Year two offers practical classes in social statistics and applied data analysis. This will develop your skills in numeracy and analysis to advance your study of politics, enabling you to undertake your own individual research project in an area of quantitative social science in year three.

Year four offers training in more advanced quantitative methods suitable for postgraduate research.

Bristol offers a number of degrees that include quantitative research methods. This is part of a national initiative addressing the shortage of social science graduates with quantitative skills. These skills are highly valued by employers and are also beneficial for going on to postgraduate research.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bristol

Department:

Politics

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Politics

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A
479

After graduation


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Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Media professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Social sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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