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The Manchester Q-Step Centre

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The ability to understand, analyse and be critical of statistics are key skills for academic study; and employers are increasingly looking for people with good quantitative data skills.

The Manchester Q-Step Centre offers a range of exciting courses and work experience opportunities designed to enable you to develop and practice these skills to a more advanced level, giving you an edge in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market.

"With quantitative skills you can go anywhere. I’ll be using the skills and experience gained on my Q-Step placement to prepare for my final year dissertation."

Usman Al Khan / BA Criminology

What's on offer at Manchester?

There are many ways you can develop your quantitative skills while studying at Manchester:

  1. Specialising with one of our new degree pathways - if you are a prospective student you might consider the  new ‘quantitative’ pathways in our BA Social Sciences degree.
  2. Taking a specialised course unit - we're working with lecturers to develop a range of exciting new units that give you hands on training and experience in the use of quantitative data. These can be taken as stand-alone options or part of a sequence that builds over years 1-3.
  3. Applying for a Q-Step paid summer internships - paid internships offer an exciting way to practice and develop your quantitative skills in a workplace setting.
  4. Undertake your own original data analysis in a research dissertation - our Q-Step helpdesk offers help and advice to all dissertation students undertaking work with quantitative data, and we also award annual prizes to recognise the best  examples of original and innovative data analysis.


Our courses are open to all students. Other Q-Step activities including internships and dissertation support are restricted to students studying Q-Step designated subjects - Politics, Sociology, Criminology, Philosophy, Social Anthropology and Linguistics).

Visit our "Who can apply" section for a list of the eligible degree courses.