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The Manchester Q-Step Centre

Dissertation support

Our Help Desk offers advice to dissertation students undertaking work with quantitative data.

The final year dissertation is an integral part of most of our degree programmes, and offers you a great opportunity to apply your quantitative skills to an original piece of research.

Completing a dissertation based on a secondary analysis of a big data set demonstrates a wide range of highly sought after skills and is a great addition to any CV in today’s graduate job market.

Help Desk

We offer help and advice to all dissertation students undertaking work with quantitative data (for Manchester students based in any of the Q-Step supported disciplines: Sociology, Politics, Social Anthropology, Philosophy, Criminology and Linguistics).

How it works

Your email will be allocated to one of our team of experienced postgraduate researchers who can help via email or face-to-face meetings. Support covers everything from searching for suitable datasets to technical support with data analysis. The Help Desk is designed to support standard academic supervision arrangements.

2016/17 Dissertation Prize

The Manchester Q-Step Centre awards prizes for the best dissertations featuring quantitative data analysis. As well as an overall winner of £100 (from entries across all of the Q-Step Discipline Areas), there are 4 subject level prizes of £50 (in Sociology, Politics, Criminology and Linguistics).

To be eligible for these awards, quantitative data analysis should form a major part of the research. Further details of how to enter for these prizes will be posted here shortly.