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The list below contains links to useful external resources. If you know of an organisation which you think should appear on the list, let us know.

Cambridge Statistics Clinic

A consulting service offering free one-to-one support and advice for those thorny statistical problems.

UK Data Archive

The UK's top repository for all kinds of data: cross-sectional, longitudinal, UK-based, international. If you need data for your research, the UKDA should be your first port of call.

They also have a range of online training modules:
Introductory Data Skills: Training modules from the UK Data Archive

Call for Participants

This handy website keeps a register of people who are willing to participate in research and experiments. If you need volunteers for your research, this is the place to find them. And you can also sign up to participate in other people's research projects.

The University Information Service

Provides several useful courses, usually including courses in software packages such as Stata and R, as well as the following qualitative software introductions:

The UIS also manage the Titan Rooms on the New Museums Site. These computer labs are accessible from 8am until 8pm, all week (including weekends). 
Please note: Titan Rooms are usually booked out for courses, during weekdays. When classes are being held in them, those classes take priority so ad hoc students should not try to get a computer station in a room when it is in use. 

Cambridge University ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership events

Cambridge University's ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership provides a full programme of events and training. Almost all of these are open to students across the social sciences, not just ESRC-funded students.

Cambridge University AHRC Doctoral Training Programme events

Social scientists may be interested in the training offered by the University's AHRC-funded DTP. Check our list of Open Access Courses to see which of their events are open to students outside the School of Arts and Humanities.

Cambridge University Personal and Professional Development training

The Researcher Development Programme for research students provides a suite of training courses, workshops and events to support PhD students from all disciplines across the University of Cambridge. This provision is intended to complement that of the Schools and Departments so PhD students can develop the skills they need to be successful in their research in the short term, and in whatever career they progress on to afterwards.

MRC Biostatistics Unit Short Courses

The MRC Biostatistics Unit often offers short costs (£) throughout the year. 2018 courses include:

  • An Introduction to ‘R’: free software for statistical analysis
  • Introduction to Bayesian Statistics using BUGS 
  • Mendelian Randomization Course 
For further details about all the courses and to register:
For enquiries, contact the BSU Courses Administrator via:

College-based resources

Most Colleges offer access to statistical software via Managed Cluster Service computers. In addition, many Colleges offer programmes of skills training for postgraduates, which are often open to members of other Colleges. See, for example:

Wolfson College

Ask your college for details about computing facilities.

Research methods training

The organisations below provide specialist methods training which complements our own programme. Please note that the SSRMC can't take responsibility for the content or quality of any external courses.

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods
Essex Summer School
LSE Summer School
Methods for Change