Q-STEP Bursary


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The Queen’s Q-Step Centre is offering a number of fees-only bursaries for full-time students undertaking the MRes in Social Science Research in 2017/8.

The Queen’s Q-Step Centre bursaries are designed to support the development of quantitative skills to an advanced level and to build on skills acquired in your primary degree.

Eligible applicants must have graduated with at least a 2.1 in one of the following degrees from Queen’s University Belfast:

  • BA (Hons) Sociology; BA (Hons) Criminology; BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy; BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology; BA (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy (from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work), or
  • BA (Hons) Politics (from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics)

The closing date for applications is 1 August, 2017.

To apply, please email the following information to the Q-Step Administrator, by the deadline stated: Applications should be submitted in MS Word. 

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. E-mail address
  4. Telephone number
  5. How you have engaged with quantitative methods at undergraduate level (no more than 200 words) and
  6. How you aim to develop their quantitative skills through the Masters in Social Science Research (no more than 500 words).

Information for applicants

At undergraduate level, for example, you should give examples of any relevant courses you have taken and what they covered. You may have undertaken project work, a dissertation involving quantitative data and analytical methods and/or undertaken a work placement which required quantitative skills. Successful applicants will not only be able to demonstrate training and experience in quantitative methods at undergraduate level, but also how they intend to develop their quantitative skills through the Master's in Social Science Research. In particular, applicants are required to outline their plans for their MRes dissertation which identifies a research question that may be addressed through quantitative analysis. The outline should identify a source or sources of quantitative data and briefly discuss how this will be analysed.


The Queen’s Q-Step Centre is part of a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For more information go to the Nuffield Foundation website.

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