If you follow the Q-Step pathway you will receive a qualifier award at the end of your degree which will signal to employers your capability in quantitative research. Whilst taking part in Q-Step you will also get the chance to undertake paid work placements of up to £300 per week.
Quantitative skills are highly desired by employers across all sectors. The skills you'll learn during your Q-Step modules will equip you for a range of well-paid careers. Q-Step will help you learn all the skills a 21st century social scientist requires to help tackle the big questions facing society.
The Q-Step pathway emphasises the practical rather than theoretical – you’ll use the latest datasets and software – so when you graduate you’ll be ready to enter the workplace straight away. Achieving a Q-Step award will also open doors to postgraduate study in a range of disciplines.
If you're studying qualifying degrees in the Department of Government, Department of Sociology, or Essex Business School, you have the opportunity to follow a specialised pathway that embeds a substantial amount of quantitative methods in your degree.
The successful completion of the specified modules will entitle you to receive the qualifier ‘(Applied Quantitative Methods)’ at the end of your degree title, for example BA Sociology (Applied Quantitative Methods) and this will appear on your transcript and degree certificate. This will signal to employers that you are highly skilled in quantitative methods.
You will automatically be enrolled for the Applied Quantitative Methods qualifier if you are taking the appropriate modules to make you eligible. This will be awarded to you at the end of your degree at the Final Board of Examiners, as long as you have taken the correct modules and also met any grade requirements in these modules.
"Q-Step really helped me prepare for the workplace. After completing my Q-Step placement at Colchester Council I was actually offered a job with Essex County Council. I would recommend the Q-Step pathway to any student looking to improve their career prospects after uni."
As part of your degree, we offer you the opportunity to take up a paid work placement for up to 8 weeks in an external organisation. This placement will ensure you utilise quantitative skills and methods in a real-world working environment.
Between your second and third year you will apply to organisations to secure your summer work placement. Whilst on your Q-Step placement, you will receive a bursary equivalent of £300 per week (full-time). Payments will be made in up to two instalments with the first payment being made prior to the start of your placement.
Nervous about applying for placements? Don't worry, the Q-Step team will help you with your application process, prepare you for your placement and support you whilst you’re there.
Previously successful Essex Q-Step graduates have undertaken placements at Colchester Borough Council, Sage Publications, World Land Trust, YouGov, Profusion and Essex Community Rehabilitation Company. For more information on work placements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ready to join the Q-Step pathway? Or perhaps you're already on your way but need a little support? Don't worry, the Q-Step team are here to help. Our dedicated Q-Step officer is here to guide you through the pathway and will ensure your Q-Step journey is a smooth one. Still have questions about Q-Step and your academic Department? Please feel free to contact the Departmental leads listed below.
Q-Step is a £19.5 million programme developed specifically to help social science graduates gain the quantitative skills to evaluate evidence, analyse data, and design and commission research – all of which are essential skills to employers across all sectors.
The University of Essex is one of only 17 universities across the UK that have been invited to take part in the prestigious Q-Step programme. This exclusive opportunity is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Office for Students (OfS).