Quantitative Research Project

The details
Sociology and Criminology
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
19 June 2024


Requisites for this module
EC831, GV831, SC831, SC832



Key module for

BSC L315 Sociology (Applied Quantitative Research),
BSC L316 Sociology (Applied Quantitative Research) (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L317 Sociology (Applied Quantitative Research) (Including Placement Year),
BSC L310 Sociology with Data Science,
BSC L311 Sociology with Data Science (including Year Abroad),
BSC L312 Sociology with Data Science (including Placement Year),
BSC L313 Sociology with Data Science (Including foundation Year)

Module description

Undergraduates in the Department of Sociology at Essex carry out a research project in the final year of their degree. This project allows you to apply the theoretical and methodological knowledge that you have gained over the course of your undergraduate degree.

The project can take a variety of forms ranging from empirical research using methods such as participant observation, ethnographic research, qualitative interviews, content or discourse analysis, or secondary data analysis, such as the analysis of an existing quantitative or qualitative data set. Unlike other assignments, you will be conducting, analysing and writing-up a piece of original research.

Module aims

The aim of this module is:

  • To provide an opportunity for students to research and produce a substantial piece of original work. It is designed to draw together the knowledge that the student has acquired on the programme and will enable them to develop and demonstrate methodological, analytical, and writing skills.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  1. Knowledge of key sociological research concepts and theories.

  2. Knowledge of the principles of research design for your chosen empirical approach.

  3. Knowledge of the epistemological, ethical, and political dimensions of sociological research.

  4. An ability to develop a reasoned argument.

  5. An ability to formulate sociological questions.

  6. An ability to summarise, report, and evaluate arguments, texts and findings.

  7. An ability to frame a research proposal and to identify and apply the appropriate research methods.

  8. An ability to understand, summarise and critically assess sociological work.

  9. An ability to produce independent work.

  10. An ability to conduct and present a small-scale piece of sociological research.

  11. An ability to present ideas and evidence to others in a clear and concise manner.

  12. An ability to identify problems and propose solutions.

  13. An ability to plan work, manage time, reflect on work, and respond constructively to the comments of others

Module information

The undergraduate sociology project is the equivalent of one full year module in your degree course. It runs in parallel with your other third year modules - although you should begin work on your project during the summer term following your second year.

While you will receive guidance from the project director and your supervisor, ultimately the success of your research will depend on the way in which you develop your ideas and plan and execute your project.

Indicative syllabus

  • Final Year Project Introduction

  • Ethics Workshop

  • Writing the Literature Review

  • Data Collection and Access Workshop

  • Data Analysis Workshop (Quantitative)

  • Structuring and Writing your Project

This module is part of the Q-Step pathway. Q-Step is an award which you can gain simply by enrolling on specific modules and will signal to employers your capability in quantitative research. Learn more about the Q-Step pathway and enhance your degree now.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour seminar each week.

Face-to-face attendance is expected.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Literature Review     10% 
Coursework   Final Year Project     90% 

Additional coursework information

100% coursework - Project dissertation

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Maitrayee Deka, email:
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna, email:
Dr Giacomo Vagni, email:
Supervision by various members of the Department
Jane Harper, Undergraduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873052, email jharper (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Emily Gray
University of Warwick
Assistant Professor of Criminology
Available via Moodle
Of 36 hours, 11 (30.6%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
24 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Sociology and Criminology

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