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Studying MSc Applied Quantitative Methods at Manchester Metropolitan University: Sept 2019-2020 entry

Manchester Metropolitan University - Department of Sociology

Location: Manchester
Salary: See advert text for details
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st June 2019
Closes: 16th August 2019

The Q-Step Centre in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University is currently seeking application from highly motivated graduates to its MSc programme in Applied Quantitative Methods for session 2019-2020. This course approaches the study of quantitative methods in an innovative way. It focuses on the use of quantitative methods within ‘real world’ contexts and a key aim is to develop graduates’ career-ready skills in this field.

Quantitative Skills (QS) underpin evidence-based planning and practice in the public, private and voluntary sectors. However, over two thirds of employers in the UK identify a shortage of QS among employees. As such, the Applied MSc programme will be a considerable asset to postgraduates wishing to pursue a career involving quantitative research skills within a diverse range of organisations across all sectors. Numerical and analytic skills are highly prized in a diverse range of careers. Quantitative skills are transferable between workplaces and sectors across the UK. The Applied MSc programme is also excellent grounding for doctoral study.

The course offers a number of core and optional units including foundations of quantitative analysis, multiple regression, multi-level modelling, questionnaire design, quantitative evaluation, mixed methods, and data management. The core unit ‘Statistics in Practice’ explores knowledge exchange, mobilisation and achieving impact with research. The course can culminate in a placement-based dissertation, in which students produce a piece of research on behalf of one of the Q-Step in the Community partner organisations. Please note these places are limited and selection is highly competitive. For more information about our partners and the Q-Step project, visit

The course is taught only on Mondays allowing flexibility to both part-time and full-time students. It is not necessary for applicants to have past experience in statistical analysis. However, a good grounding in research methodology would be an advantage.

A number of scholarships are available in this course. For example, international students can apply for Vice-Chancellor International Scholarships and International Postgraduate Scholarships. UK/EU students can apply for Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships worth £2,000 for graduates with a first-class honours degree. For more info about these and other scholarships, please visit

Qualifying students can also apply for postgraduate loans of up to £10,609. For further info on this, visit

Manchester Metropolitan University values its alumni and offers an exclusive Alumni Loyalty Discount to assist with the cost of postgraduate taught study. Visit for more information.

Closing date:

Deadline for submitting application is 16th August 2019.  

Start date:

The course will start on Monday 16th September 2019. There will be an intensive training on basic quantitative skills in the first week (16th- 20th Sept) of teaching. This mandatory training under Foundations of Quantitative Analysis unit will help students to prepare for other units in the course.

For further information, please contact

Dr Haridhan Goswami

Programme Leader MSc Applied Quantitative Methods

Department of Sociology

Manchester Metropolitan University


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