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Statistical Training for Research Students and Staff

New free statistical courses for University of St Andrews research degree students (see eligibility advice below) and staff.

The courses are facilitated by St Leonard's Postgraduate College and delivered by the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM).


There are currently three courses provided:


Course materials - lecture notes, exercises, and computer practicals - will be accessed online and there will be a guided self-study programme.

Additionally, there may be optional help sessions with a course instructor hosted online. 

Your weekly time commitment is anticipated to be about 4 to 6 hours per week for each course - learning through the course notes and associated computer practical and attending the optional help session.

Entry Requirements and Prior Learning

There will be individual requirements for each course. 

You are encouraged to install R and RStudio before the start of any course. Advice on installing R and RStudio will be provided.


The courses are for University of St Andrews students matriculated on a doctoral degree or the following research degree programmes - MSc(Res), MSt(Res), and MPhil (by research). The course is also open to University of St Andrews staff.

The courses are not open to students on an undergraduate degree or to students on a taught postgraduate degree programme (MSc, MLitt, or MRes).

Book Your Place

You can enrol on the statistical courses through the Personal Development Management System (PDMS).

Please enrol separately for each course that you wish to take.

Please contact St Leonard's Postgraduate College for questions about any of the statistical courses - email

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College

The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB
+44 (0)1334 462 032