Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM809: Applied Quantitative Data Analysis

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Oliver James (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The purpose of the course is to improve your quantitative skills and to stimulate interest in quantitative methods across humanities and social sciences. A basic understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation is essential for contemporary research in many disciplines, both to enable researchers to make direct use of these techniques in their own research and for meaningfully engaging with work that uses these approaches. The course prepares you to conduct research on topics that involve quantitative evidence. However, we note that the line between quantitative and qualitative data is often blurred (e.g. nominal categories). This module complements the closely linked modules on research methods training (POLM140 and POLM141) to deliver detailed methodological and technical knowledge of a wide range of quantitative analytical methods used in social science research.  

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