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.

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 February 2019 - London

5 - 6 June 2019 - London

11 - 13 November 2019 - London (3 day course)

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


2 - 3 April 2019 - London

5 - 6 November 2019 - 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

24 May2019 - London

14 November 2019 - 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


13 - 14 June 2019 - 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

28 November 2019 - London

This course teaches delegates how to easily use Excel to carry out two of the most important statistical methods for analysing data, Multiple linear regression and Analysis of variance.

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


19 - 20 March 2019 - London

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


21 - 22 May 2019 - 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 2019 - 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 and Jamie Owen
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


11 - 12 December 2018 - London

12 - 13 December 2019 - 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 & Statistical Modelling in R (F)
Paul Baxter
Level - Foundation
CPD 12 hours


16 - 17 May 2019 - London

20 - 21 November 2019 - 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)
Doug Ashton and Chris Musselle
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


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


14 - 15 March 2019 - London

17 - 18 October 2019 - London

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


11 - 12 April 2019 - London

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


19 - 20 June 2019 - London

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

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


1 - 2 October 2019 - 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


7 - 8 November 2019 - London

Python is a great all round language for many things, with one of its strengths being that it is able to deal with data. Data comes in all forms from files of various type, websites, API’s and databases. 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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Publishing quality charts in R with ggplot2 (I)
Martin John Hadley
Level - Intermediate
CPD 12 hours


29 - 30 October 2019 - London

This course will introduce how the tidyverse and ggplot2 can be used to reproducibly create publication quality charts from R

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Interactive dashboards & web apps using R & Shiny (P)
Martin John Hadley
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


2 - 3 July 2019 - London

This course will introduce how to create interactive dashboards and web applications using R and Shiny. It will also cover how to design responsive web applications that seamlessly work on mobile devices.

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Introduction to Bayesian Statistics using Stan (P)
Robert Grant
Level - Professional
CPD 12 hours


9 - 10 July 2019 - London

This course introduces the Stan software to Bayesian modelling. You will learn the Stan model language, various useful models and ways of critiquing and justifying your model-building decisions. The course will introduce the idea of a probabilistic programming language where models for our data are typed up for analysis in a coded form.

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Introduction to modern Generalized Additive Models in R (P)
Dr. Matteo Fasiolo and Prof. Simon Wood
Level - Professional
CPD 6 hours


27 June 2019 - London

Generalized Additive Models (GAMs) are an extension of traditional regression models. Attendees will gain an understanding of what GAM models are, when they are useful and how they can be used to perforn statistical analysis, for inferential or predictive purposes. For those who already have some experience using GAMs will learn about the new Big Data and visual GAM methods, as well as GAMLSS models and quantile GAMs.

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


26 - 27 September 2019 - 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

5 - 6 December 2019 - 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


17 - 18 September 2019

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


26 - 27 November 2019 - London

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


5 - 6 March 2019 - London

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

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One day MBA (F)
John Jeffcock
Level - Foundation
CPD 6 hours


11 July 2019 - London

A full-day Masterclass that challenges delegates to follow the course overview of a full MBA.

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


10 - 11 October 2019 - 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
18 February 2019 - 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