This course is ideal for students interested in learning more about using numbers and data within the social sciences, and in acquiring practical and analytical skills that are attractive to employers. No prior knowledge of statistical techniques is required. Two thirds of your studies will follow the Single Honours Politics and International Relations course, where you will acquire core knowledge in your subject. The remaining third provides applied interdisciplinary training in quantitative methods. In year one we discuss how numbers and data are used to tell convincing stories in the media and social research. We consider what is meant by segregation, and how it can be mapped and measured. Year two offers practical classes in social statistics and applied data analysis. This will develop your skills in numeracy and analysis to advance your study of politics, enabling you to undertake your own individual research project in an area of quantitative social science in year three. Year four offers training in more advanced quantitative methods suitable for postgraduate research. Bristol offers a number of degrees that include quantitative research methods. This is part of a national initiative addressing the shortage of social science graduates with quantitative skills. These skills are highly valued by employers and are also beneficial for going on to postgraduate research.