Public courses

We offer three types of courses: Professional courses (P) are aimed at statisticians and data scientists and explore technical models and applications in detail; our Intermediate courses (I) require some pre knowledge of either basic statistics or a programming language and our Foundation courses (F) require no pre knowledge and help non-statisticians to understand the basics of statistics and data analysis by explaining statistical concepts. Typically, delegates for these courses are users of statistics, people who have an interest in data, or someone whose job is increasingly reliant on interpreting data.

All courses are developed and delivered using the expertise we have as a renowned professional society and as such, we enjoy a reputation as a trusted training provider.

Professional development

Consultancy skills (F)


Effective Analytical Leadership (F)


Economic Statistics

Inequality & Poverty Analysis


Understanding data and basic statistics
These courses are provided by the Economic Statistics Working Group of which RSS is a member

Basic Statistics: Understanding and Analysing Data (F)
7-8 June 2018 - London

13-14 September 2018 - Leeds

12-13 November 2018 - London

This two day course aims to help delegates understand some basic statistical concepts and develop a strategy for approaching a simple data analysis.

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Identifying Trends and making Forecasts (F)
Nigel Marriott
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


6 & 7 November 2018 - London

This two day course illustrates the basic practice for summarising and measuring trends as well as the best methods to extrapolate trends into a forecast.

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Presenting Data (F)
Ed Swires-Hennessy
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


Online course

27 November 2018 - London

This one day course illustrates the basic principles of presenting data in tables, charts, maps and text, equipping participants with the knowledge to disseminate statistical messages in clear, accurate and meaningful ways.

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Data Visualisation (F)
Alan Smith
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


12 & 13 June 2018- London

This introductory course provides the background context, essential theory and practical guidance needed to develop confidence in using data visualisation effectively.

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Intermediate Statistics using Excel (I)
Jenny Freeman
Level - Intermediate
CPD 6 hours


3 December 2018 - London

This course will equip participants with the skills necessary to undertake both types of analysis in Excel, understand and interpret the output, check the assumptions that underpin each type of model, assess model fit and present the results coherently.

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Introduction to Bayesian Statistics (I)
Richard Morey
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


Bayesian statistics has become a standard approach for many applied statisticians across a wide variety of fields due to its conceptual unity, clarity and practical benefits. However, because training in Bayesian methods is often not a standard part of research curricula, the benefits of Bayesian statistics have been slower to reach applied researchers. This two-day course aims to provide a working knowledge of Bayesian statistics for interested researchers.

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Big Data: tools and statistical methods (I)
Mark Briers
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


22-23 May 2018 - London

The objective of this two-day course is to train statistically-minded practitioners in the use of common Big Data tools, with an emphasis on the use of advanced statistical methods for analysis. The course will focus on the application of statistical methods in the processing platforms Hadoop and Spark and will highlight how these can be effectively used to analyse data at scale.

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The essentials of survey research design (F)
Dr Pamella Campanelli
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


19-20 September 2018 - London

This course looks at each of the quality areas for producing a successful and efficient quantitative survey. It covers all the major methods of data collection (quantitative interviewing, web and paper self-completion) as well as all the key aspects of the survey process from initial design through implementation through post-field processing.

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Advanced programming in R (P)
Colin Gillespie
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


11 - 12 December 2018 - London

This two day course is primarily aimed at R users who do not have a formal background in computing, focusing on conditional programming structures, functional programming, and S3 and S4 objects.

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Introduction to R & Regression Modelling in R (F)
Paul Baxter
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


15 & 16 May 2018 - London

21 & 22 November 2018 - London

This two day course focuses on entering, working with and visualising data (Day 1), as well as regression modelling in R, including linear, general logistic and survival models (Day 2).

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Introduction to Machine Learning in R (P)
Nicholas Attilades & Chris Musselle
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


23 & 24 October 2018 - London

This is a two day course covering the fundamentals of machine learning and the methodology for applying these to real-world analytics problems. The course outlines the stages involved in a machine learning analysis, and walks through how to perform them using the R programming language and the caret library. Participants will be provided with exercises to complete through the course in order to gain hands-on experience in using the methods presented.

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Introduction to Python (F)
Presenter: Rob Mastrodomenico
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This course is intended to be an Introduction to the Python programming language. Through the use of taught material and practical examples, participants will build up the skills needed to perform data analysis using Python.

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Interactive Visualisation (P)
Martin John Hadley
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


This course will introduce two technologies that will fundamentally change your use of R for data presentation on the web: html widgets and Shiny. This course will show you how easy it can be to build interactive charts, maps, datatables with html widgets and how to quickly and easily build sophisticated interactive applications with Shiny.

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Python for R programmers (I)
Rob Mastrodomenico
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


The purpose of this course is teach Python to replace R, and is ideal for those with a working knowledge of both Python and R.

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Move beyond Excel: Python for data analysis (I)
Rob Mastrodomenico
Level - Intermediate
CPD 6 hours


3 September 2018 - Cardiff

This course will introduce Python to serial spreadsheet users and show them how, by writing code, they can perform all the analysis commonly used in spreadsheets. Delegates will learn techniques on how to manipulate data from the standard Python library, uncover basic graphics using Pandas and Matplotlib and discover how using a language such as Python will allow the user to deal with datasets that are too large for spreadsheets. Delegates attending should have knowledge of spreadsheets and experience using them

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Programming in R (I)
Jamie Owen
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


2-3 October 2018 - London

The course is a two day intensive course on programming principles in R. On completion of the course participants will gain experience in a range of programming techniques for the R programming language.

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Handling data with Python (I)
Rob Mastrodomenico
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


15-16 October 2018 - London

This course intends to introduce the participant to these areas and show them how to deal with data in a variety of different forms.

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Mastering the Tidyverse (I)
Jamie Owen
Level - Intermediate
CPD 6 hours


3 September 2018 - Cardiff

The tidyverse is essential for any statistician or data scientist who deals with data on a day-to-day basis. By focusing on small key tasks, the tidyverse suite of packages removes the pain of data manipulation..

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Spatial Data Analysis with R (I)
Colin Gillespie and Robin Lovelace
Level - Intermediate
CPD 6 hours


3 September 2018 - Cardiff

As spatial datasets get larger and more sophisticated software needs to be harnessed for their analysis. R is now a widely used open source software platform for working with spatial data thanks to its powerful analysis and visualisation packages.

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Longitudinal and Missing Data (P)
Geert Verbeke and Geert Molenberghs
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


27-28 September 2018 - London

This two-day course examines model formulation, parameter estimation and hypothesis testing, whilst also focusing on the distinction between the random-effects (hierarchical) model and the implied marginal model.

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Multilevel Modelling (P)
Harvey Goldstein and George Leckie
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


6-7 December 2018 - London

This two-day course is designed to give participants an introduction to the theory and application of multilevel regression models for clustered or hierarchical data using the MLwiN statistical software package.

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Survival Analysis (P)
D Collett
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


25-26 September 2018 - London

This two day course describes some of the more advanced methods of survival analysis and illustrates their practical application using SAS and R.

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Extreme Value Statistics
Janet Heffernan & Harry Southworth
Level - Professional
CPD 6 hours


15-16 November 2018

This course covers the theory and associated statistical methods which form the cornerstone of this subject and which enable extrapolation to levels beyond those already observed in a dataset.

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Consultancy skills (F)
Roland Caulcutt and Julie Bullen
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


This is a highly participative and practical two day training course for statisticians who wish to improve their consultancy skills non-statistical clients.

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Effective Analytical Leadership (F)
Duncan Miles & Denis Greer
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


9 & 10 October 2018 - London

This two day course explores the required range of knowledge, skills and behaviours to meet the changing global business agenda.

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ISO18404 Lead Auditors (P)
Tony Bendell
Level - Professional
CPD 18 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This course is a Lead Auditor course for qualified and practicing Lead Auditors who wish to be involved in auditing organisations against ISO18404:2015. It is mandatory for nominated Lead Auditors from ISO/IEC 17021 accredited certification bodies who are participating in the Royal Statistical Society scheme for the certification of an organisation’s management system which meet BS ISO 18404: 2015, who are required to satisfactorily pass the course. Other appropriately qualified and practicing Lead Auditors may attend as delegates.

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Applying ISO18404 & Preparing Your Organisation for Certification (F)
Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This two-day workshop introduces the ISO18404 standard for Lean and Six Sigma, which was published on 1 December 2015, and explains how organisations and individuals should prepare for certification against it.

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Assessment Centre for Lean & Six Sigma
16 May 2018 - London

The ISO18404 Assessment Centres run by the Royal Statistical Society ISO18404 Sector Scheme provide the opportunity for qualified and experienced Lean and Six Sigma personnel to verify their competences against the requirements of, and gain certification for, Master Black Belt, Black Belt, Lean Leader or Lean Expert status under the ISO18404 international standard.

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Preparation for individual certification of Lean & Six Sigma under ISO18404

Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This workshop introduces the ISO18404 standard for Lean and Six Sigma, which was published on 1 December 2015, and explains how individuals should prepare for certification against it. The course discusses the arrangements for the certification of practitioners, including Green, Black & Master Black Belts and Lean Practitioners, Leaders and Experts with the first certifications commencing in December 2016. A mixture of presentations, discussions and delegate exercises are used to explore applicability of such certification and the options available. Participating delegates are given the opportunity to explore possible implementation choices and options within their own organisations.

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Lean Practitioner

Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Foundation
CPD 48 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

The Lean Practitioner Development Programme has been purpose built to enable delegates to build the competency requirements for certification as Lean Practitioners under ISO18404, and to prepare to pass the separate Royal Statististical Society Assessment. This 8-day course (two split workshops) will enable delegates to be directly prepared for Lean Leader status under ISO18404.

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Lean Leader

Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Professional
CPD 48 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

The Lean Leader Development Programme has been designed to enable experienced Lean Leaders to build the competency requirements for certification as Lean Leaders under ISO18404, and to prepare delegates to pass the separate Royal Statistical Society Assessment. This 8-day course (two split workshops) can either be taken together with the 8-day Lean Practitioner programme, to enable delegates to be directly prepared for Lean Leader status under ISO18404, or can be taken as a top up course to enable those currently meeting Lean Practitioner standards to progress to Lean Leader.

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Lean Expert

Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Professional
CPD 36 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

The Lean Expert Development Programme has been designed to enable experienced Lead Leaders to meet the certification requirements as Lean Experts under ISO18404, and to prepare delegates to pass the separate Royal Statistical Society Assessment.

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Six Sigma Green Belt

Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Foundation
CPD 60 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This Six Sigma Green Belt course has been designed to enable experienced Green Belts to meet the certification requirements as Green Belts under ISO18404, and to pass the separate Royal Statistical Society Assessment. The individual delegate projects helps candidates to build up the learning, evidence and Work Experience Logs required for certification under ISO18404:2015 as Green Belts.

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Six Sigma Black Belt

Prof Tony Bendell
Level - Foundation
CPD 60 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

The Six Sigma Black Belt Development Programme has been designed to enable experienced Black Belts to meet the certification requirements under ISO18404 and prepare them to pass the separate Royal Statistical Society Assessment. Candidates who have taken the RSS Six Sigma Green Belt course are encouraged to take this Six Sigma Black Belt course to continue their certification under ISO18404.

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Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Level - Foundation
CPD 48 hours


If you would like to be updated on future course dates please contact training@rss.org.uk

This Master Black Belt Development Programme has been designed to enable experienced Black Belts to meet the certification requirements as Master Black Belts under ISO18404, and consists of an initial workshop and assessment centre; candidate’s application, skill and portfolio development within their own organisation; tutor assessment and coaching visits and observation; and an end of programme workshop, assessment and development seminar. Completion of the course is dependent on a successful submission of your portfolio of evidence.

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Inequality & Poverty Analysis
This course provides an introduction to the ways in which analysts measure inequality and poverty, addressing conceptual issues and practical matters including data

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RSS members enjoy a discount on all our public courses – join online today. If you’re not a RSS member, you can take advantage of our early booking discount or the multiple booking discounts (if booking more than three places).

Delegates on our courses who are newly qualified researchers can apply to NCRM for bursaries of up to £500 to help with course fees, travel and accommodation. Click here for more information

Contact: Tel: +44 (0)20 7614 3947, Email: training@rss.org.uk, Fax: +44 (0)20 7614 3905