About Q-Step

Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training.

Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates, we provide you with quantitative expertise to pursue further study and compete in the graduate job market.

Q-Step at Manchester

The Manchester Q-Step Centre benefits students in two Schools across a range of subjects, including Criminology, English Language and Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Studies and International Relations, Social Anthropology and Sociology, read our who can apply section for more information.

You will learn techniques to help understand, analyse and criticise data, through an integrated set of new courses and work placement opportunities.

Our aims

We develop future social science researchers to provide students with a skill set highly valued by employers.

Curriculum innovation

We offer course units to integrate real-world social data into the classroom, developing your quantitative skills to prepare you for a world of Big Data.

Paid summer placements

Enabling Year 2 students to acquire valuable real-world experience with a range of local and national organisations.

Supporting students

We run drop-in clinics, themed workshops and seminars to help you develop your interests and skills working with quantitative data.

Guest speakers attend to talk about the value of these skills in their professions.

School participation

Schools are invited to 'discover days' both on and off-campus.

We use these to give Year 12 school students a taste of applied quantitative social science work in universities, and demonstrate the value of quantitative skills to future employment.