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Unlock the potential of big data with our MSc Applied Social Data Science.


Students enrolled on our Q-Step BSc programmes and the Proficiency in Applied Data Analysis will be given the opportunity to undertake a work placement with one of our industry partners.

Work placement students may be able to apply for a bursary. For more information please contact the Q-Step team.

The work placement is designed to give you an opportunity to put in to practice the skills that you are learning on your programme for a period of 2 to 11 weeks. Moreover, employers have told the Nuffield Foundation that social science graduates with quantitative skills have an advantage over those who don't.

There are wide variety of placements to choose from locally, nationally and in Europe with a variety of public sector organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and industry.

What you do during your work placement will depend or the individual business or organisation that you undertake your experience with; however, it will give you an opportunity to put in to practice the skills that you have gained during your programme. It will provide you with an opportunity to see data analysis tools and techniques being used in the real world. Furthermore, it will greatly boost your career prospects as the quantitative skills that you will develop are interdisciplinary and transferable.

We believe that work placements give students invaluable experience of the professional world; allowing them to build networks and utilise analytical skills learnt in the classroom in ways that would not otherwise be possible whilst making themselves more employable. But don’t just take our word for it! See what the students and organisations themselves say about Exeter’s Q-Step placements.

Contact the Q-Step team for more information about Q-Step placements and how to get involved.