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Q-Step: Quantitative training

Analysing data is one of the most transferable and valued skills by employers in a variety of industries. Specialised training in this area can give you a real edge in the job market.

The Q-Step programme, which is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, aims to plug the nationally recognised gap of people with data analysis skills in the job market by offering opportunities for students to gain valuable skills development.

We are one of only 15 universities selected to take part in this scheme to develop the teaching of quantitative skills to our students.

At Manchester we are planning to build on the unique teaching on social statistics and criminology we already offer. As a result of Q-Step funding, students enrolled on our BA Criminology or LLB Law with Criminology will also benefit from:

  • New course units on subjects such as crime mapping and predictive policing
  • Additional support during their 3rd year dissertation research
  • Incentives and bursaries for advanced methods at postgraduate level
  • Paid summer internships to practice quantitative skills in professional settings, remunerated through bursaries

You'll find that the skills developed through the Q-Step programme are essential for many criminal justice related professions such as criminal intelligence analysis.

With quantitative skills you can go anywhere. I’ll be using the skills and experience gained on my Q-Step placement to prepare for my final year dissertation.

Usman Al Khan / BA Criminology