Summer Schools

Social Science Data Analysis

Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis

Our 55th annual summer school will offer a combination of in-person and online courses. 

The Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis provides world-leading social science methods training to postgraduate research students by offering instruction from an internationally renowned faculty, drawn from the world’s top research institutions. The core Summer School consists of three two-week sessions. 

Session One: Sunday 10 July – Friday 22 July 2022
Session Two: Sunday 24 July – Friday 5 August 2022
Session Three: Sunday 7 August – Friday 19 August 2022

Applications for the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis will open in early 2022. 

For enquiries, please contact: 

The below shows a snapshot of our event in 2021. 

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After careful consideration, we have taken the decision to transfer our 2021 programme to an entirely online format. Whilst we are disappointed to be unable to hold an in person event at our Colchester campus for the second year running, we hope that our decision to transfer our programme online will enable students to plan their social science research methods training for this summer with confidence.

Courses cover various types of quantitative and qualitative research methods, research design, techniques for data collection and measurement as well as mathematics.

"The Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis is a gathering of people that are all focused on how methodology of quantitative methods in the social sciences is developing and want to help guide the next generation of researchers in that journey."
Matthew Moore PhD Researcher, University of Stirling, Social Science Data Analysis Summer School Delegate 2018

Teaching programme

Courses are 35 hours over 2 weeks unless otherwise stated. Please note all courses will be offered only via online delivery.

For information on specific courses please refer to the 2021 course list overview.

ECTS Course credit will still be available for courses when taking the Single Course Exam

Along with our courses, we will be offering opportunities to enhance students’ ESS experience outside of the virtual classroom. These will include presentations from internationally renowned experts in social science methodology as part of our Speaker Series, as well as opportunities to network with fellow ESS participants.


We will conduct sessions via the video conferencing software Zoom. Participants therefore must have access to their own computing facilities in the form of a laptop or desktop PC. This should include adequate audio and visual equipment in the form of a webcam (built in or detachable), as well as a reliable internet connection to enable full participation in the online sessions.

Please be advised that all scheduled class times are in BST. However, many of our courses will be able to offer recordings that will be available to those enrolled.

We will ensure that each participant has access to the necessary software to participate in their course, along with other materials, as part of your course fees. 

The language of instruction of this summer school is English.

For best learning success, participants should have the background knowledge necessary to follow a course. The Instructors’ specifications of the prior knowledge expected of participants appear at the end of the course descriptions for each session. This will also include any specialised requirements, such as computing knowledge, although basic knowledge of computing is essential. Participants can refresh and enhance their mathematics knowledge in an intensive course, Mathematics for Social Scientists, which is provided free of charge for participants of the Summer School. 

Instructors will assume that everyone doing their course has the required background knowledge and reserve the right to exclude a participant who does not have the required background.

Anyone who is uncertain about whether a course is appropriate for their needs or their background should contact the Summer School office for advice.

Fees and how to apply

Applications for our online 2021 Summer School are now closed. 

Fees differ by length of course and there is a discounted fee for participants from academic institutions. For a more detailed breakdown please view our course fees.

Applicants wishing to apply should complete the online application form. The completed application should reach the office of ESS-SSDA by 1 May 2021. Any applications received after this date will be subject to a £50 surcharge. We strongly recommend early applications as courses can fill up quickly and many will be unavailable at the time of the application deadline.

On receipt of the application, the Summer School office will send applicants an invoice for the amount due. At this point a non refundable £50 deposit needs to be paid to secure your place. Full payment must then be paid by 21 May 2021. There are two options for payment: online payment or bank transfer.

Essex PG students need to apply via Proficio, in addition to completing the application form. Please contact the summer school office with all queries by emailing

For more information on the application process, including how to make payment and our cancellation policy, please visit our external Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis website.


Please note as this summer school will be delivered online in 2021 – accommodation will not be available at this time.

Get in touch
Get in touch
Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis Team
Telephone: +44 (0)1206 872502