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Proficiency in Applied Data Analysis (PADA)

Each academic year, the Q-Step Centre offers 20 students from all disciplines at Exeter the opportunity to undertake a Proficiency in Applied Data Analysis (PADA) that can be tagged onto their degree. For example, students in History, Law or Archaeology will be able to enrol in Q-Step modules, complete the proficiency, and have it designated in their degree title.

To have the words ‘with proficiency in applied data analysis’ added to their degree title, undergraduate students must successfully pass a minimum of 60 credits of data analysis modules (45 compulsory and 15 optional). The following modules are compulsory:

  • SSI1005 Introduction to Social Data (15 credits)
  • SSI1006 Data Analysis in Social Science I (15 credits)
  • SSI2005 Data Analysis in Social Science II (15 credits)

An additional Q-Step module needs to be taken for an extra 15 credits. Also note that PADA students can sign up for SSI2002 Data Analysis in the Workplace, but this module does not count towards the Proficiency certification credits.

Interested students must contact The University of Exeter QStep Centre to register their intention to follow the PADA path at


  1. The data analysis modules must be taken at two different levels, and must be passed. Condoned modules will not count towards qualification for the data analysis proficiency degree title.
  2. Students wishing to be considered for the addition of data analysis proficiency to their degree title should contact the QStep Centre during their first year of study and their College Office by no later than 1 June of their final year of study to request that this be considered by the Board of Examiners.

Approved list of Q-Step data analysis modules

The modules available change each academic year. Typically, around fifteen modules are available (about ten of 15 credits and about five of 30 credits) spanning a whole range of interests, from Data Analysis in Social Science III (SSI2007) to more specific topics like Immigration in Western Societies (SSI2006) or Introduction to Terrorism Studies (SOC2112 / SOC3112).

To find out what modules are available in the present academic year, please contact us for the valid list.