Dissertation support

We offer advice to dissertation students working 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 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 in:

  • Sociology;
  • Politics;
  • Social Anthropology;
  • Philosophy;
  • Criminology; and
  • Linguistics.

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.

How it works

Email: q-stephelpdesk@manchester.ac.uk with a summary of your query and we will allocate help either through email or face-to-face.

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 four 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, email q-step@manchester.ac.uk for more information and how to enter.