Politics with Quantitative Research Methods, B.Sc.

Politics with Quantitative Research Methods, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
This course is ideal for those interested in learning more about how to use numbers and data within the social sciences, and in acquiring practical and analytical skills that are attractive to employers.


Two thirds of your studies will follow the Single Honours Politics and International Relations course, acquiring 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, developing your skills in numeracy and analysis to advance your study of politics. This enables you to undertake your own individual research project in an area of quantitative social science in year three.

There is also a four-year undergraduate degree option, offering more advanced quantitative methods for those wishing to graduate with a MSci qualification.

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.

Why study Quantitative Research Methods at Bristol?

Members of the Bristol Q-Step team have considerable expertise in teaching quantitative social science from introductory to postgraduate level. The first-year unit 'Convincing Stories? Numbers as Evidence in the Social Sciences' introduces you to how numbers are used (and abused) in the media, public policy, and in social and scientific debate.

The University of Bristol has considerable expertise in quantitative methods. For example, the School of Geographical Sciences is a world leader in quantitative human geography, the School for Policy Studies hosts the internationally respected Townsend Centre from International Poverty Research, and the Centre for Multilevel Modelling develops software that is used throughout the world.

Quantitative research methods are not about learning maths; they are about learning how to apply analytical methods to questions of interest to the social sciences. If you are not sure whether to choose a BSc or MSci qualification, you can transfer from one to the other during the first two years.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Convincing Stories? Numbers as evidence in the social sciences
  • Segregation and inequality in the UK (measurement and debate)
  • Approaches to the Study of Political Science
  • Political Concepts
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Comparative Government and Politics
Second year
  • Principles of Quantitative Social Science
  • Conducting a research project using secondary data
  • Four units from politics: Three second year units (one from each of the following streams: Political Theory, Comparative and National Politics and International Relations). And a free choice of a second year unit in Politics and International Relations
Third year
  • Dissertation (with Quantitative Research Methods)
  • Four units from Politics and International Relations


We are looking for students who are willing to approach quantitative methods with a critical and enquiring mind, and a willingness to learn. Studying how to undertake quantitative data analysis is not the same as learning maths. Although familiarity with higher-level maths may be helpful, those without A or AS-level maths should not be put off from applying. The level of maths required and taught on these degrees should be accessible to a student with grade C in GCSE Mathematics.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including an essay-based subject
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including an essay-based subject
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 5 in an essay-based subject at Higher Level
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, including an essay-based subject
  • BTEC: DDD in a relevant subject
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA including an essay-based subject
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics, both at grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19400 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
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