Research course

Advanced Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences

University of Exeter · Politics

Entry requirements

Visit the entry requirements page.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This programme will offer research students the opportunity to address a substantive social science question using advanced quantitative methods. Students, working with their supervisors, will develop a social science research project alongside developing advanced quantitative data analysis skills. Substantive areas of research are available across the Disciplines of the College of Social Sciences and International (Education, Politics, International Relations, Sociology, Criminology, Area Studies or Socio-legal Studies) or can be cross-disciplinary. Students will also receive supervision and training in core methodologies, including:

  • Advanced quantitative analysis
  • Network Analysis
  • Text Analysis
  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Experimental Methods

This advanced training builds on the Exeter Q-Step Centre that led to increased capacity for quantitative methods training with additional staff and resources.

Advanced research methods training, especially in advanced data analysis skills, is a core component in the early stages of the MPhil/PhD and students complete a Training Needs Analysis to identify skills gaps and agree a training plan.

As a postgraduate research student you will have the support of both a supervisor and mentor, to make sure you get the one-to-one contact needed. We also run a Buddy scheme; a mentoring programme which links incoming first year research students with more established students.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Our Postgraduate Funding webpage provides links to further information. If you are considering a PhD in the future, in addition to University of Exeter funding, we have been successful at securing postgraduate funding for PhD research through our Funded centres.

Find out about current funding opportunities for our Politics research programmes.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    48-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment
+44(0) 1392 724490