Introductory Stata for Political Science

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Tiffany Lau


This course is available on the MSc in Political Science (Political Science and Political Economy). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is strongly recommended for MSc in Political Science (Political Science and Political Economy) students. It is available for students from other streams/programmes with permission of the instructor.

Course content

The aim of this pre-sessional course is to introduce students with the use of statistical software, essential background for the study of political economy in political science. It is specially tailored to prepare students for the core courses in the MSc Political Science PSPE stream, but can be of use for any student interested in the field.

The course is composed of two sessions dedicated to introducing Stata or R to MSc students. We will cover basic commands and some more advanced programming techniques, which will be used in the rest of the MSc Political Science (PSPE stream).


This course provides 10 hours of introductory sessions at the beginning of the Autumn Term. 

Please note that all the teaching for this course will take place in Autumn Term Week 0 (18-22 September 2023).

Indicative reading

There is no required reading for this course. 

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2022/23: Unavailable

Average class size 2022/23: Unavailable

Controlled access 2022/23: No

Value: Non-credit bearing

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Personal development skills

  • Problem solving
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills