University Of Glasgow Q step

University Of Glasgow Q step

Q-Step Centre

Q-Step logoQ-Step is a £19.5 million programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training. Over a five-year period from 2013, fifteen universities across the UK are delivering specialist undergraduate programmes, including new courses, work placements and pathways to postgraduate study. Expertise and resources will be shared across the higher education sector through an accompanying support programme, which will also forge links with schools and employers.

Q-Step was developed as a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). For more information visit

Glasgow Q-Step Centre Aims and Objectives

We aim to achieve a step-change in quantitative literacy in social science through an integrated life-long learning model of working between social scientists, educationalists and mainstream statisticians at the University of Glasgow (UoG). We plan to fully exploit timely opportunities arising from the radical educational reforms currently underway in Scotland (reforms of both the school curriculum and the way teachers are trained).


  • Embed statistical numeracy across a wide spectrum of existing courses in Social Science and Education: i.e. thoroughly integrate “4Cs” of QM (Core concepts, Creative skills, Critical thinking & Collaborative working) using national/international datasets in all four years of three MA (Social Sciences) degrees (Public Policy, Sociology, Politics) and the MA (Education) degree.
  • Develop new methods courses and badged degrees: including a coherent suite of new courses at Levels 1 to 4, leading to new “badged” degrees (e.g. MA Quantitative Politics, MA Quantitative Sociology, etc.).

University Of Glasgow Q step

Information for students

Information for students considering studying for a ‘with Quantitative Methods’ degree in the School of Social and Political Sciences (SSPS).

Pathway for quantitative-orientated undergraduates

Students come to the social sciences for a variety of reasons and from a wide array of backgrounds. Many social science students have no interest in quantitative methods. Others may have a latent interest that gets piqued during their early course of study. The Q-Step programme provides a pathway for interested students to receive additional quantitative methods training and expertise by providing the opportunity to earn their respective degree with the additional accolade “with Quantitative Methods” within SSPS. Additionally, Q-Step lecturers will assist in undergraduate dissertations employing quantitative methods across the subjects. Figure 1 below demonstrates a rather ideal progression for students choosing the Politics with Quantitative Methods pathway. Students can study single honours also in Central & East European Studies, Economic & Social History, Social & Public Policy, and Sociology.