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Unit information: Advanced Quantitative Research project in 2020/21

Unit name Advanced Quantitative Research project
Unit code SPOLM0038
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Gumy
Open unit status Not open

The completion of a quantitative dissertation or equivalent training at level H/6



School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit provides an opportunity to pursue research work at an advanced level with a clear focus on quantitative social science and data analysis. It builds on both the experience of the Year 3 Dissertation and the year 4 advanced quantitative research methods units but must be substantively different from the previous dissertation. Overlap in the methodological techniques used is permitted. The project is planned in Teaching Block 1 and undertaken in Teaching Block 2, with preparation of a final 12 000 word report typically due in May.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this Unit students should be able to plan and undertake a data analysis project of relevance to their discipline and incorporating substantial use of advanced quantitative research methods.

Teaching details

Individual study supported by regular academic supervision (on line or in person depending on circumstances) and workshops.

Assessment Details

Project Report 100%

Reading and References

Field A, 2013, Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th edn.). London: Sage.

Thomas G, 2013, How to Do Your Research Project: A Guide for Students in Education and Applied Social Sciences. London: Sage.