School of Social and Political Science

Quantitative Methods Degrees



By taking one of our degree programmes, you will not only acquire deep knowledge of your subject, but you will also develop specialist skills in the statistical analysis of numerical data.

You will be able to understand the issues and questions affecting your subject area and more importantly, you will develop the skills to answer those questions. The skills you gain will be enormously transferable, opening doors to an exciting range of jobs and careers.

As part of a ‘with quantitative methods’ degree you may also have the opportunity to undertake an internship in your third year where you can apply your learning and gain practical workplace experience. For example, students have completed internships with ScotCen and Ipsos Mori.


Our degree programmes integrate quantitative skills training with the teaching of disciplines and substantive areas. Find out more about each degree programme and how to apply below.

MA Government, Policy and Society with Quantitative Methods

MA International Relations with Quantitative Methods

MA Politics with Quantitative Methods

MA Social Policy with Quantitative Methods

MA Sociology with Quantitative Methods


These degrees have been developed and are supported by the Edinburgh Q-Step Centre.

Q-Step is a national initiative funded by the Nuffield Foundation and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which aims to address the shortfall in social-science graduates with quantitative research skills. The University of Edinburgh was one of only 17 universities in the UK chosen by Q-Step to develop degree programmes and other projects around quantitative skills training.

The Edinburgh Q-Step Centre developed the five degree programmes listed above alongside other projects including the Q-Step Academy.

Visit the Nuffield Foundation website to find out more about Q-Step.