Introduction to Quantitative Research (829N1)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

This module provides you with an understanding of descriptive statistics and statistical inference as used in the social sciences.
Computer-room tutorials introduce you to the use of SPSS (a leading statistical software package). Through hands-on practice, you develop skills in statistical analysis relevant to social sciences research. You also cover descriptive statistics, including methods for exploratory qualitative analysis.
Lectures provide an introduction to the theoretical and practical elements of each topic. They also offer opportunities for further discussion and clarification.


54%: Lecture
7%: Practical (Workshop)
39%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Observation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 48 hours of contact time and about 102 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.