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Introduction to R

Course description

 “Introduction to R” provides a foundation for coding with the statistical programming language R. The course is designed for applied researchers with no previous programming skills. In this course, you will learn the basics of coding in R. In particular, you will learn how to read and manipulate datasets. These skills are necessary for performing any subsequent statistical analyses in R. This course does not require any previous knowledge of statistics or programming.


  • This introductory course in R covers basic data structures and routines:
    • Assigning objects
    • Vectors, Matrices
    • Data sets
    • Basic plots (no ggplot2)
    • Basic functions
  • Application of statistical methods will be covered in the course Introduction to Statistics


  • The course consists of lessons how to use R and of hands-on examples with best-practice solutions.


  • Duration: 2 days
  • Language: English
  • This course will be offered either on campus (in person), or online.
  • For online courses we use the software Zoom


Dates and Application:

  • Courses provided for Helmholtz Munich:
    • You can check the current dates and whether the courses are already fully booked here*. The course registration will usually open 8 weeks prior to the course.
    • Please read the corresponding FAQ* before applying via the forms of the HR Development department*.
  • Courses provided for HIDA:
    • You can check the current dates and whether the courses are already fully booked here.
    • Registrations for these courses are exclusively possible via the provided homepage.

 * Links marked with * are only available for Helmholtz Munich staff.