Short Courses in Statistics

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Lancaster University offers a programme of continuing professional development courses aimed at scientists, social scientists, health researchers, teachers and professional medical statisticians. Our courses cover a wide variety of topics including Using R Software, Structural Equation Modelling and Longitudinal Data Analysis, as well as Clinical Trials methodology.

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Who are the courses for?

Courses for Scientists, Social Scientists, Health Researchers and Teachers

These applied statistics courses are for participants and researchers from any background with a basic level of numeracy. For some of the courses a knowledge of basic mathematics to A-level would be an advantage. These courses can be studied as part of a programme of Continuing Professional Development or research training.

Courses on specialist topics in Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics

The three day courses in applied statistics provided by the Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit are aimed at professional medical statisticians. Familiarity with statistical methodology at postgraduate level is assumed.

The one day courses on Systematic Reviews of Clinical Trials and Data and Safety Monitoring Boards are suitable for a wider audience with an interest in the interpretation and conduct of clinical research. All of the professional development courses may be commissioned by a company or organisation, tailored to meet your special requirements and presented at a location of your choice both for statisticians and non-statisticians.

Different categories of participant will pay different course fees depending on both the length of course and the funding available to them.

We will make every attempt to accommodate Lancaster University staff and postgraduate research students on our courses. However, if a course becomes fully booked we reserve the right to give priority to students on the MSc in Statistics, students on the MSc in Data Science, and external participants.

Please contact our short courses administrator Angela Mercer to discuss your specific requirements or for further information. Applicants from outside the EU should note that these courses are not sufficient to permit a visa application for residence in the UK.

Computing facilities

Courses will be held in the Postgraduate Statistics Centre. These training rooms are equipped with modern Windows machines with a comfortable environment for learning.

Example timetable for a two day short course

The majority of courses will run over two consecutive days. A typical two-day course timetable will be as follows.

Day 1: Thursday

  • 9.30 am - Registration and coffee
  • 10:00 am - Start of course
  • 17:30 pm - End of day 1

Day 2: Friday

  • 9:00 am - Start of day 2
  • 16:30 pm - End of course

Our longer courses held by the Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit comprise 3 days of tuition, spread over 4 days, beginning and ending just after midday to allow participants time for travel to and from the University.

About Lancaster University

All the courses will be held at Lancaster University. The campus is compact and self-contained, with bars, dining, banking and shopping facilities all within easy, covered walking distance. It also has an excellent sports centre with a swimming pool and is surrounded by a perimeter road which is ideal for jogging.

The University is situated just south of Lancaster, close to the M6 motorway, and only half an hour's drive away from the English Lake District. Lancaster is served by fast trains from London Euston and Scotland. The nearest international airport is Manchester, which is 90 minutes away by train.

For all courses, on-campus accommodation may be available but cannot be guaranteed. Accommodation is not provided as part of the course fees and must be booked separately via the University guest rooms service.