Bristol Q-Step

Bristol Q-Step is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and HEFCE, a strategic response to the shortage of quantitatively-skilled social science graduates looked for by employers and for postgraduate research.

As one of 15 centres in the UK, Bristol Q-Step is part of a national network that is training a new generation of social scientists. The Bristol Q-Step training includes two initiatives, a study pathway and an internship scheme:

Study pathways

Q-Step enhanced pathways are a unique set of three (BSc) and four-year (MSci) degree programmes in Childhood studies, Criminology, Geography, Politics, Social Policy or Sociology. These cross-disciplinary pathways include enhanced skills training in applied quantitative methods, designed to boost knowledge and confidence in analysing, presenting and interpreting quantitative data. 

Q-Step students typically spend one third of their time on the Q-Step pathway and the remainder with the main degree programme. Parts of these pathways are available to other students as optional units. More information can be found by navigating this page’s menu links. 

Internship scheme

In addition, Q-Step students, as well as all undergraduate students on Childhood Studies, Criminology, Education Studies, Geography, Politics, Psychology of Education, Sociology or Social Policy programmes, can apply for a paid 140-hour Q-Step Internship. Using real-world data, Q-Step Internships enable students to apply and develop their quantitative skills in the workplace. Current students and prospective host organisations can find out more about the Q-Step internships and how to apply.

Q-step Internships will be running until 31 September 2021.


Contact us

For course information please contact the relevant admissions team at our participating schools:

Further information

For Q-Step study enquiries, please contact Siobhan McAndrew;

For Q-step internship enquiries, please contact Nora Pau, Professional Liaison Administrator;

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