ONLINE Introduction to Stata

ONLINE Course: Monday, 19th April – Friday, 14th May 2021 (8-15 hours)

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This course provides a basic overview of the uses and functions of the statistical software Stata, which includes:

  • Understanding the Stata interface(s)
  • Reading in data, and data manipulation
  • Help files and do files
  • Basic statistical analyses and graph production

After this course you should be able to:

  • Know the different windows, benefits and limitations of Stata
  • Import data and plot graphs in Stata
  • Create/ modify variables when needed
  • Utilise basic commands to analyse your data
  • Know how to proceed if/when you get stuck in the future

Who should attend this course?

This course is aimed at individuals with little or no experience in Stata (or those who have only used the drop-down system within Stata and wish to transition to the coding language). The delivery of this course is through live demonstration, with intermittent practical activities throughout the course to reinforce understanding. A basic knowledge of statistics is advantageous, but not essential.

Course Faculty

Dan Green

Dates and Times

This ONLINE course can be taken at your own pace, from Monday 19th April to Friday 14th May 2021.  It is anticipated to take between 8 – 15 hours to complete.

If you are unable to attend at the above dates/times, but would like to attend in the future, please complete the Google Form with your details by selecting the register interest green button, where you will be added to the waiting list and contacted once the next intake has been confirmed.

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The fee for this ONLINE delivered course is £149.  

NB:  If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at ( in the first instance, to confirm your eligibility and details of how to book at a reduced rate of £99 for this course.

Booking and Payment

This course is live on our Online Store, and we are currently taking bookings.  

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Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on Sunday, 25th April 2021.

Payment can be made via credit/debit card, PayPal or via company invoice (provided a purchase order can be provided).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking.  Wherever possible please also email a copy of your company purchase order to

Immediate payment or purchase order details are required at the time of booking, please ensure you have these details to hand before making your booking.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made for our ScHARR short courses will be ‘Covid-19 Secure’ meaning that we would ensure that any courses delivered face-to-face would only be done so if Government guidance permitted, and our venue(s) were able to adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures.

In addition, if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you.

If you are having difficulties making your Online Store booking, please contact the Online Store directly at, in the first instance.

If you are still having difficulties, or require any further information, please contact the Short Course Unit at

Course Delivery

This course will be delivered purely online, in a non-live (asynchronous) method, so you can learn at your own pace and revisit elements when desired, before moving on to the next section. The course is split into numerous pre-recorded videos to make the content more digestible, and structured into 6 main sections:

  • Section 1: General (and gentle) introduction, the Stata windows, log files, do files and reading in data; 
  • Section 2: Data manipulation, creating and deleting variables, applying variable labels, working with dates; 
  • Section 3: Descriptive statistics for continuous and categoric variables; 
  • Section 4: Graphs, scatterplots, line graphs, bar graphs, histograms, dot plots, Graph Editor; 
  • Section 5: Significance tests, parametric and non-parametric tests; 
  • Section 6: The drop-down system, installing new packages and what to do when you get stuck.

There are practical examples to attempt where relevant, with full demonstrated solutions to each of these. It is anticipated the amount of time taken to complete the course will take between 8 to 15 hours depending on your prior experience with statistical software, and the level of engagement with the course exercises.

Course delegates will have access to a 4 week period of support with the course content through email/ updated course website FAQs, so you will not be left stuck without assistance during the course period.

Access to Stata is not free, however many institutes (e.g. Universities) have access to a version of Stata as standard. If you do not have access to a Stata license, you can download a free trial version that will cover the length of this short course. If this is required, you will be provided information when you register; please do not try to access this beforehand or you may not have access to the software for the full course period.


Online Delivery

  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • PC or laptop with access to Stata (see ‘Course delivery’ for information about accessing the Stata software). 

For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for inconvenience this may cause.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 14 April 2021