Taught course

Big Data and Quantitative Methods

University of Warwick · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

2:i degree (or equivalent) in politics and international studies or a closely related subject (however, all serious applicants from other disciplines will be considered); a strong personal statement

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to develop your knowledge about society and politics, as well as honing the sharp analytical skills required by modern organisations?

Our new MA draws on our considerable expertise in quantitative methods. It will develop your understanding of the innovative quantitative approaches in political science concerning data in unprecedented scales in text, image, numeric and video formats, and their impact on public policy. You’ll sharpen your communication and collaboration skills through a mixture of small-group seminars, lectures and workshops, which may include mini-lectures followed by discussion, Q&A sessions, organised debates, peer presentations, policy briefs, and group work.

Our core modules will give you the key critical and technical skills to deal with (big) data. You’ll also select optional modules which may be chosen from other departments in areas including digital studies, methods, gender, media, health, governance, or human rights. You will become highly employable in areas requiring strategic decision-making or analysis, whether in academic or non-academic research, international organisations, NGOs or private companies. More generally, you will be able to contribute to any activity involving statistics and data management, including strategic analyses and planning, auditing, marketing, research, international development and diplomacy.

Information for international students

For guidance on English language requirements, please visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)24 7652 4585