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Development Studies and Social Statistics

The University of Manchester

UCAS Course code LL14


The Development Studies and Social Statistics pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA (Econ) for short - is a new course at The University of Manchester for 2018. This flexible, innovative course offers research-led teaching and a considerable depth of insight into real world research issues.

Data doesn't function in isolation, which is why you'll study it in context at Manchester. Statistical practices are best understood and explored through an understanding of the environments in which they are useful.

This course offers advanced social statistics teaching for students with a grounding in maths and/or statistics (gained either at A-level or on the specialist first year course units you'll take alongside all of our BA Econ students). Social statistics uses data, which can be numbers, text, sounds, images, memories or experiences; to study human behaviour and social environments. We will use it to ask questions about business environments, the ways they function and their impact.

You'll graduate able to understand and apply central concepts in social statistics, including the theory and method involved in using quantitative data in social science research. You'll be able to take a critical approach to different data sources and understand their strengths and weaknesses. You'll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have skills in complex problem solving, research, and making sense of statistical information in the workplace.

BA(Econ) students study a core programme in Economics. The BA (Econ) is one of the largest degrees in the University's School of Social Sciences and you'll be joining a community of students specialising in a wide range of disciplines, including our three new Social Statistics pathways. Despite our size, the BA (Econ) has a strong sense of identity and a tight-knit community of students working together across their disciplines. The flexibility of the degree means you can specialise in the areas that fascinate you, while also being assured of a broad grounding in economics and its related disciplines.

Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields.

At the end of your course your degree title will be: BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies, Development Studies and Social Statistics.

Special Features

The University of Manchester has a global reputation for teaching and researching issues relating to development and poverty. Two Nobel Prize winners in this area have worked at the University - Sir Arthur Lewis and Professor Joseph Stiglitz.
This degree's broad-based foundation year means that you don't need to have a social science qualification to apply.
The BAEcon Peer Mentoring Network will be on hand to help you settle in - both academically and socially.

Our Students

• Development Studies BA (Econ) students in figures (2014):

• Students on the course came from 31 countries

• Their ages ranged from 17 - 36

• The male / female ratio was 62 : 38

Award: BA
Professional Qualification
3 Years Full Time
Taught in English

Entry requirements

Application through UCAS.

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University Ranking

Times HE UK: 8

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