*** You should ask your supervisor for guidance on which courses may be most appropriate for you ***

Statistics courses

There are several statistics courses provided which will be of use to postgraduates.

Programming Courses

MATLAB (Dr Dénes Szűcs)

Dr Dénes Szűcs runs an 8-hour intensive course entitled ‘Practical introduction to MATLAB Programming’. The course focuses on practical hands-on variable handling and programming implementation rather than on theory. This course is intended for those who have never programmed before including those who only call/run Matlab scripts but are not familiar with how code works and how matrices are handled in Matlab. (Note that calling a couple of scripts is not ‘real’ programming.)

Lecture slides about language fundamentals will be uploaded to Moodle before the sessions for study before sessions. During the live sessions we will reinforce and extend the material in the lecture slides and resolve questions.

It is essential that you download and install the latest version of Matlab on your own laptop before the sessions (see www.mathworks.com). Cambridge students can download and install Matlab from mathworks.com for free with their CRSid. Select and install all packages available to you. If you have pre-installed Matlab you can immediately try to write ‘live’ programme code. The best way to learn Matlab is to write and run code.

It is advisable that you skim through the excellent free resource Getting Started and Language Fundamentals


Introduction to Scientific Computing and Matlab

The CBU will be running a weekly Matlab course which will be extremely helpful to anyone planning on programming their experiments and analysing data in Matlab.

These sessions will combine theory, demos and hands-on practice, aimed at researchers with no or little prior experience in scientific computing and programming.

Workshops will take place in the WWSR on Wednesday at 14:30 for approximately 1.5 hours. Attendance does not require registration, everyone is welcome.

Introduction to Scientific Computing and MatLab course details.

Statistical Methods for Cognitive Psychologists (Michaelmas 2021) 

Level: This is a course planned with the needs in mind of a graduate student starting as a PhD student at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences.



Style: The presentation will be as fairly formal lectures, each aiming

  • to outline a particular class of methods,
  • to give examples of it being applied to realistic situations,
  • to indicate how to implement it using software available at CBU.

Please log in using your university rather than personal e-mail.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5963759783?pwd=L3RPZFpmQmdWM1k0VFFlbDN3b1JPUT09

Meeting ID: 596 375 9783

Passcode: 210467

TALK SLIDES AND DEMO FILES AT https://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/statswiki/StatsCourse2021

Lectures will be given by Peter Watson.

University Programming Courses

Programming courses are also offered by the University Computing Service.  See http://www.cam.ac.uk/cs/courses.

Bioinformatics Training Courses

For the more advanced (and in-depth), the Mathematics Department run a full masters programme in statistics.

The Social Sciences Research Methods Centre (SSRMC) offers postgraduate students with training in a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Students should also check http://talks.cam.ac.uk/ for other seminar series that may be of interest to them, any departmental seminars and we strongly recommend that you explore the opportunities offered by the University’s Personal and Professional Development Centre.