Introduction to R

Course description

Course overview:

The participants will be taught how to get started with R and will achieve a basic understanding how R is working. 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.


  • This course will be offered either on campus (in person), or online. The dates of online and on campus courses are indicated in the table here.
  • For on campus courses please check the restrictions and hygiene rules described here*.
  • For online courses we use the software Zoom, for further information, please check the description here here*.


Duration: 2 Days

Language: English


  • Material for the course can be found here* (only for HMGU staff).
  • Please be aware that the materials will be updated shortly before the next course.

Dates and Application:


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