University of Warwick

Degree level: Postgraduate

Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods (Taught)

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Course summary

The Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods MA will enable you to assess and understand the growing influence and implications of big data and quantitative methods on political processes and decisions in everyday life. Course overview Big data and quantitative methods are transforming political processes and decisions in everyday life. Local, national and international administrations are making ‘open data’ available to wide audiences; giant, world-level web organisations are putting more and more services in synergy; and some private companies or governments are developing strongly ideological projects in relation with big data. Therefore, there is a need for trained specialists who will have the capacity to compete and/or collaborate with strictly business or technique-oriented actors on the basis of sound knowledge from political and international studies. Our programme provides you with an understanding of the implications of different approaches to issues concerning big data and public policy.


Core modules

  • Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Big Data Research: Hype or Revolution?
  • Advanced Quantitative Research
Optional modules Optional modules can vary from year to year. Example optional modules may include:
  • Theories and Issues in International Development
  • Normative Analysis
  • Theories and Traditions in Public Policy
The optional module lists are updated regularly. You will have the freedom to select 2-3 modules that appeal to you from our extensive range of optional modules, up to a total of 120 CATS of taught modules.

Assessment method

Assessment methods include research essays and other (written) assignments throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.

Entry requirements

**Minimum requirements** 2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. Visit our PAIS web pages for department-specific advice on applying to ensure your application has the best chance for success. Postgraduate FAQs (PAIS specific) Postgraduate FAQs (General) **English language requirements** You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following: - Band B - IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above. **International qualifications** We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page. **Additional requirements** There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Fees and funding

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Politics, Big Data and Quantitative Methods at University of Warwick - UCAS