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Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods BSc

This BSc degree programme focuses on understanding the social and economic forces that shape our world. Crucially, it combines insights from the social sciences with rigorous training in the skills of quantitative data analysis that are highly valued in the labour market. You will study at least three social science disciplines including sociology and economics.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2020
UCAS code
LG33
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2020
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
AAB
Subjects
No specific subjects.
Please refer to UCL’s list of preferred A level subjects.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade B or 6. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

Contextual offer

Grades
BBB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
No specific subjects.

IB Diploma

Points
36
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
32 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 15 points in three higher level subjects, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) or BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects.

AAB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher).

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • A multidisciplinary programme that allows you to choose from a wide range of modules across the social sciences and to tailor the programme to your own interests.

  • You will be trained in specialist quantitative skills, which are highly valued and are in short supply among social science graduates.  These skills are highly prized in a range of professions including government, academia, journalism, financial analysis and marketing. 

  • Part of the UCL Q-Step Centre, which offers opportunities for summer school short courses.

  • The UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a world-leading centre for education and social science, ranked as the world number one for Education for the sixth year running (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019).

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Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Year one provides a firm foundation in the core disciplines of sociology and economics. It also covers the principles and practice of social inquiry, and the basics of data analysis.

In all years you can choose optional modules from other social science subjects across UCL.

In years two and three you continue with advanced modules in quantitative data analysis, study subjects across the social sciences, and undertake a dissertation. You may also opt to spend your third year abroad, returning to UCL for your final year of study.

Modules

An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Core or compulsory module(s)

Introduction to Economics 1
Introduction to Economics 2
Introduction to Sociology
Social Change in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods - Q-Step module hosted by the Department of Political Science
Principles of Social Science Research - Q-Step module hosted by the Department of Political Science

Optional modules

You will choose 1.0 credit of optional modules, including but not restricted to the following:
Foundations of Psychology I
Foundations of Psychology II
Understanding Social Policy

Core or compulsory module(s)

Data Analysis (double module) - Q-Step module hosted by the Department of Political Science 

Optional modules

You will choose 3.0 credits of optional modules, including but not restricted to the following:
Social Inequality and Mobility
Population Studies
Economics of Public Policy
Economics of Education
The Economics of Children and Families
Health, Wellbeing and Society
Work and Employment Relations
Sociology of Childhood
Social Psychology

Core or compulsory module(s)

Dissertation in Social Science with Quantitative Methods
Causal Analysis in Data Science - Q-Step module hosted by the Department of Political Science
Measurement in Data Science - Q-Step module hosted by the Department of Political Science

Optional modules

You will choose 2.0 credits of optional modules.  The list is to be confirmed, but the options are likely to include the following:
Political Sociology
Economic Sociology
Game Theory for the Social Sciences
Economics of Developing Countries
Social Networks

Your learning

Teaching will be delivered through lectures, seminars allowing in-depth discussion, computer laboratory classes analysing a range of different social science data, group work, and UCL's virtual learning environment.

Assessment

Assessment is through a mix of examinations, practical exercises, essays, individual and group presentations and a dissertation in the final year of study. The weight given to each assessment method will vary across modules to ensure manageable workloads throughout the programme.

Careers

The UCL Q-Step Centre was set up in the UK as part of a £19.5 million programme to combat the shortage of quantitative skills in the social sciences. You will have access to summer courses, specialist training, workshops and conferences, and personal tutoring throughout the programme.

Having a quantitative degree will increase your job opportunities as graduates with strong quantitative skills and social science insights are in short supply. Professions include government departments, academia, journalism, financial analysis and marketing. The breadth and depth of the social science subjects and the methodological training provided by this degree will also equip students for Master's or PhD study.

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Student view
I really like the Quantitative Methods aspect of my degree. It helps you understand how actual social science studies are made and you gain an understanding of how people conduct analysis. Read more Marie Legrain - Social Sciences with Quantitative Methods BSc Third Year

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2019/20 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2019/20 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2019/20)
Overseas students
£19,970 (2019/20)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

Additional costs

If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

In your personal statement you should demonstrate a genuine interest in issues related to the social sciences. These might include education, inequality, health and illness, poverty, social mobility, environment, development, social welfare, and so on. A preference for a multidisciplinary approach rather than limiting yourself to one discipline will also be an advantage.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2020



Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.