Quantitative and Qualitative Methods (C8300)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module complements the term 1 module 'Discovering Statistics'.

It has three components:

  • advanced statistical analysis for various linear models and questionnaire construction and interpretation
  • observational methods
  • qualitative data-gathering and analysis.

You will write one report using some of these techniques, which will enable you to develop skills in research design, data-gathering and analysis. This will prepare you for your future empirical research project.

You will also work with a problem set that develops your critical thinking around validity and operationalisation. The statistical analysis parts of the module builds upon existing knowledge of statistical theory.

You will also take part in practical workshops, complementing the lectures by providing hands-on experience and guidance in using the methods and through small group work on relevant tasks.

Development of statistical skills and critical thinking will be done through weekly quizzes.


51%: Lecture
49%: Practical


50%: Coursework (Computer-based examination, Portfolio, Report)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 42 hours of contact time and about 108 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 2023/24. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: