ST416      Half Unit
Multilevel Modelling

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Irini Moustaki


This course is available on the MSc in Social Research Methods, MSc in Statistics, MSc in Statistics (Financial Statistics), MSc in Statistics (Financial Statistics) (Research) and MSc in Statistics (Research). This course is not available as an outside option.


A knowledge of probability and statistical theory, including linear regression and logistic regression.

Course content

A practical introduction to multilevel modelling with applications in social research. This course deals with the analysis of data from hierarchically structured populations (e.g., individuals nested within households or geographical areas) and longitudinal data (eg repeated measurements of individuals in a panel survey). Multilevel (random-effects) extensions of standard statistical techniques, including multiple linear regression and logistic regression, will be considered. The course will have an applied emphasis with computer sessions using appropriate software (e.g., Stata).


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

Coursework assigned fortnightly and returned to students with comments/feedback during the lab sessions

Indicative reading

T Snijders & R Bosker Multilevel Analysis: an Introduction to Basic and Advanced Multilevel Modelling, Sage (2011, 2nd edition); S Rabe-Hesketh & A Skrondal, Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling using Stata, (Third Edition), Volume I: Continuous responses (plus Chapter 10 from Volume II, which is available free on the publisher's website). Stata Press (2012). Also recommended are: A Skrondal & S Rabe-Hesketh, Generalized Latent Variable Modeling: Multilevel, Longitudinal and Structural Equation Models, Chapman & Hall (2004); H Goldstein, Multilevel Statistical Models, Arnold (2003); S W Raudenbush & A S Bryk, Hierarchical Linear Models: Applications and Data Analysis Methods, Sage (2002); G Verbeke & G Molenberghs, Linear Mixed Models for Longitudinal Data, Springer (2000); E Demidenko, Mixed Models, Wiley (2004).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Statistics

Total students 2012/13: 19

Average class size 2012/13: 23

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills