The Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis

For over 50 years, the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis has offered world-class instruction in a wide range of social science research methods from an international team of instructors. Applications remain open for 2021!

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Scaling Methods and Ideal Point Estimation for Surveys and Behavior

Studying survey, choice or preference data? Learn the computational methods to understand the latent properties and patterns in your data for measuring attitudes and preferences using scaling, ideal point estimation, and IRT. Join our course Scaling Methods for Social Science: Measurement and Ideal Point Estimation for Surveys and Behavior

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Maximum Likelihood Estimation using R

Need to master Maximum Likelihood Estimation for your social science research? Learn the theory and practice of a wide variety of MLE models – including, binary, ordinal, categorical, count, duration – using R.

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Exploring Society through Visualization and Modelling

New! Computational Methods for Social Data Science: Exploring Society through Visualization and Modelling. Learn to use graphics and computational statistics together to explore complex patterns for real-world data applications.

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The 54th Essex Summer School is now taking applications for 2021 in an online format. Visit our course listing pages and apply today!

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Nicole Baerg

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Fast facts about ESS

  • Students
  • Lecturers
  • Through the years...
  • Essex Campus
600

Avg. Students per year

78

Different Countries Since 2012

14

Different disciplines

1,500

Credits earned in 2019

8

Disciplines

47

Different courses taught

20

Different countries

40

Different institutions

17,000+

Participants since 1967

1,450

Courses Taught

78

Different Countries Sending Participants

30

Master's Degrees granted since 2013

200

Acres of beautiful parkland

60 mins

From London and Stansted Airport

2 miles

From Colchester's centre – England's oldest recorded town

24 hours

Information Centre opening hours every day during your stay