Social Analytics (BSc)

Entry year

2017 2018

Our BSc in Social Analytics is a unique opportunity to combine social science modules including Sociology, Criminology, Social Policy, Education or Politics with cutting-edge training in quantitative research methods and a guaranteed work placement.

The BSc Social Analytics is a unique opportunity to combine social science modules with cutting-edge training in quantitative research methods and a guaranteed work placement.  It has been developed to address the growing demand from public, private and third sector employers for quantitatively-literate and competent social science graduates.

This degree allows you to explore social issues through the analysis of quantitative social data and the study of the methods used to capture such data. These social issues might include, for example; educational attainment, migration, poverty, crime rates or voting behaviour.

Distinctive features

  • This course has been designed with employers to ensure that graduates meet the growing need for social scientists trained in quantitative research methods;
  • A credit-bearing work placement module allows you to undertake a research project with an external organisation;
  • The opportunity for you to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF);
  • The involvement of research-active staff in teaching;
  • The emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment;
  • The variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration3 years
ModeFull time
Typical places availableThe School typically has 280 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 1250 applications.
Admissions tutor(s)

Entry requirements

Typical A level offerBBB, excluding general studies.  
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade B in the core, plus grades BB at A-Level.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 points.
Alternative qualificationsAlternative qualifications may be accepted. For further information on entry requirements, see the School of Social Sciences admissions criteria pages.
English Language requirementsIf you are an overseas applicant and your first language is not English, please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our accepted qualifications.
Other requirementsSocial Analytics would be of interest to students willing to engage in empirical social research, as well as those from natural science and mathematics backgrounds who want to use the scientific method to study social phenomena. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Specific admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be found online.

We are currently working with our students to update and improve the content of this course. The information shown below reflects the current curriculum and is likely to change. The review of the course is expected to be completed by August 2017 and this page will be updated by end of October 2017 to reflect the changes.

This is a three-year, full-time course, consisting of 120 credits a year; you’ll study six 20-credit modules a year. In year 3 you will study four 20-credit modules and undertake a 40-credit dissertation. The final degree classification that you are awarded is based on the grades you achieve in the modules that you take in years two and three.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2017/18 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2017.

Year one

You will take six compulsory 20-credit modules in Year One. These are designed to introduce you to the key ideas and research in your chosen area and to teach you the skills needed to succeed at university and will make up the full 120 credits needed to complete year one

In the first year, you will have a more intensive personal tutor programme to help you to make the transition to higher education.

Year two

You will take core modules from the Social Analytics portfolio as well as two more modules from a selection across the social sciences. One of your core modules will involve a placement with an external organisation.

Your personal tutor will help you to choose modules to best suit a particular pathway with your future career choices in mind.

Year three

In year three, you will undertake a quantitative dissertation project, designing, conducting and writing up a small scale research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The dissertation will be studied alongside two core and two optional modules.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

In the School of Social Sciences you will learn from scholars who are shaping the future of their fields. Our courses reflect both the core ideas of their disciplines and contemporary debates, theories and research.

In year one you will lay the foundations for later specialist study, taking a number of core modules and following a study skills programme designed to help you make the transition to higher education. In years two and three, you will be encouraged to study and learn more independently, giving you the opportunity to read more widely and to develop your own interests.

As social science develops in response to the social world, so our curriculum also changes.  Our students play an important role in these developments, with the Student-Staff Panel being consulted about major changes and all students completing module evaluations and an annual student survey.

How will I be supported?

A personal tutor will guide you for the duration of your studies.  The tutors are available to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance on your academic studies.

All modules within the course make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary from module to module but, across the degree scheme as a whole, you can expect a mixture of exams, coursework, essays, practical work, presentations, and individual and group projects

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake assessments that don’t count towards your final grade but give you an opportunity to assess your progress and to get feedback on your work.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include:

  • knowledge of contemporary theory and research in your chosen discipline;
  • rigorous methodological training for research design, data collection and analysis;
  • communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team);
  • using ICT and industry standard software (e.g. SPSS);
  • negotiating and collaborating with external organisations;
  • interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information, for example as part of a research project;
  • demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work;
  • recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals;
  • managing learning and performance (including time management);
  • demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.

In 2013/14, 95% of School of Social Science graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Turning theory into practical application and providing experience of the working world are important facets of preparing our graduates for life outside of education.

We encourage our students to think about life beyond University from day one, offering modules and support to give you a competitive advantage on graduating.

The Social Analytics degree programme was developed to address the growing demand from public, private and third sector employers for quantitatively-literate and competent social science graduates. The analytical skills gained on this programme can be applied in a variety of settings, from Civil Service occupations to careers within central or local government, academic settings, think tanks, the police, market research, or commerce and industry.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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Tuition fees for international students are fixed for the majority of three year undergraduate courses. This means the price you pay in year one will be the same in years two and three. Some courses are exempt, including four and five year programmes. Visit our tuition fee pages for the latest information.

The year two placement module offers an opportunity to work collaboratively with an external organisation on a research project.

The School of Social Sciences also has a dedicated Placements Manager who can offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons. Support with job applications and interview techniques is also available.

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