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Q-Step Bursaries for Quantitative Skills Development - Master's in Social Science Research

18/07/2018

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

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The University's Q-Step Centre is offering a number of fees-only bursaries for full-time students undertaking the Master's in Social Science Research in 2018/9 in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. The bursaries are designed to support the development of quantitative skills to an advanced level and to build on skills acquired in your undergraduate degree.

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

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work -  BSc Sociology with Quantitative Methods; BA Sociology; BA Criminology; BA Social Policy and Sociology; BA Criminology and Sociology; BA Criminology and Social Policy.

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics - BA Politics (Single and Joint Hons); BA International Politics and Conflict Studies.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm, Tuesday 31 July 2018. We will acknowledge receipt of your application. We will not be able to accept applications after this date. Please note that you must apply for a place on the MRes separately – you can do this here.

To apply for a Q-Step bursary, please email the following information to Q-Step Administrator, by the deadline stated (qstep@qub.ac.uk). Applications should be submitted in MS Word.

  • Name
  • Programme
  • Student number
  • How have you engaged with quantitative methods at undergraduate level? (no more than 200 words)
  • How do you plan to develop your quantitative skills through the Master's in Social Science Research? (no more than 500 words)

Information for applicants

In your application, you should give examples of any relevant modules 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.

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