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University of Manchester

Development Studies and Social Statistics

UCAS Code: LL14

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

International development

Applied statistics

The Development Studies and Social Statistics pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA (Econ) for short - is a new course at The University of Manchester for 2018. This flexible, innovative course offers research-led teaching and a considerable depth of insight into real world research issues.

Data doesn't function in isolation, which is why you'll study it in context at Manchester. Statistical practices are best understood and explored through an understanding of the environments in which they are useful.

This course offers advanced social statistics teaching for students with a grounding in maths and/or statistics (gained either at A-level or on the specialist first year course units you'll take alongside all of our BA Econ students). Social statistics uses data, which can be numbers, text, sounds, images, memories or experiences; to study human behaviour and social environments. We will use it to ask questions about business environments, the ways they function and their impact.

You'll graduate able to understand and apply central concepts in social statistics, including the theory and method involved in using quantitative data in social science research. You'll be able to take a critical approach to different data sources and understand their strengths and weaknesses. You'll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have skills in complex problem solving, research, and making sense of statistical information in the workplace.

BA(Econ) students study a core programme in Economics. The BA (Econ) is one of the largest degrees in the University's School of Social Sciences and you'll be joining a community of students specialising in a wide range of disciplines, including our three new Social Statistics pathways. Despite our size, the BA (Econ) has a strong sense of identity and a tight-knit community of students working together across their disciplines. The flexibility of the degree means you can specialise in the areas that fascinate you, while also being assured of a broad grounding in economics and its related disciplines.

Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields.

At the end of your course your degree title will be: BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Development Studies and Social Statistics.

**Special Features**

The University of Manchester has a global reputation for teaching and researching issues relating to development and poverty. Two Nobel Prize winners in this area have worked at the University - Sir Arthur Lewis and Professor Joseph Stiglitz.
This degree's broad-based foundation year means that you don't need to have a social science qualification to apply.
The BAEcon Peer Mentoring Network will be on hand to help you settle in - both academically and socially.

**Our Students**

- Development Studies BA (Econ) students in figures (2014):

- Students on the course came from 31 countries

- Their ages ranged from 17 - 36

- The male / female ratio was 62 : 38

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.
Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

85%
high
Applied statistics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Sociology, social policy and anthropology

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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?

39%
UK students
61%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

Statistics

Teaching and learning

70%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
74%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

92%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
84%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

33%
UK students
67%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Development studies

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.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
28%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, and so there are not a lot of stats available for development subjects. About 100 graduates a year take these degrees at the moment and they only attend a handful of universities. It's an emerging field, so if you want a good view of what the degree provides, make sure you get on an open day, talk to course tutors and ask them if they have any stats for their course.

Statistics

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.

£25,542
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
67%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

73%
Business, research and administrative professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
4%
Administrative occupations: records
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The business and research sectors worry that the UK hasn't got enough people with good statistics skills, and as stats are at the heart of so much of the economy, and we only have a few hundred graduates a year in the discipline, this type of degree can be very useful and versatile. The finance industry is very popular with this group, and they're far more likely to be working in London than most other graduates. And who can blame them — statistics graduates starting work in London were earning an average of nearly £29k just six months after leaving university. There is also demand from the Scottish finance sector in Edinburgh and Glasgow - particularly in banking and insurance. But a good statistician can find work almost anywhere that data can be analysed - which, in an online world, is almost anywhere - and many industries struggle to find enough statisticians to fulfil demand, so stay flexible and you can find a variety of options.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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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.

Applied statistics

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

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£33k

£33k

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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