Bristol Q-Step

Introducing our new degree programmes and optional units with enhanced quantitative skills training in criminology, childhood studies, human geography, politics, social policy and sociology.

What is Bristol Q-Step?

Bristol Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE, as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates looked for by employers and for postgraduate research.

As one of only 15 centres in the UK, it is part of a national network that is training a new generation of social scientists.

Study with us

We offer a unique set of three (BSc) and four year (MSci) degree programmes giving students the opportunity to study on a cross-disciplinary pathway giving enhanced skills training in applied quantitative methods. It is designed to boost knowledge and confidence in analysing, presenting and interpreting quantitative data.

Students typically spend one third of their time on this pathway, whilst the remainder of the teaching is the same as for other students in childhood studies, criminology, geography, politics, sociology and social policy.

Parts of our programmes are also available to other students as optional units.

Contact us

These enhanced degree programmes are available now and to students applying for October 2016 entry. For further information please contact the relevant admissions team at our participating schools:

Further information

For other enquiries, please contact Professor Richard Harris, the director of Bristol Q-Step, at

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