Course dates

Due to the developing Covid-19 situation, Goldsmiths has unfortunately had to suspend all face-to-face teaching, including on Short Courses. Many of our courses are already available via live distance learning, and we are working towards offering most courses online going forward. For more information about taking short courses remotely, please get in touch using the email in the Enquiries section below.

Starting date, Monday 22 Jun 2020
10-5pm | 3 days
Starting date, Monday 17 Aug 2020
10-5pm | 3 days

Course overview

The course will cover a number of methods for both prediction and classification problems using both supervised and unsupervised machine-learning techniques in R.

Distance Learning

This course will be taught via distance learning in Spring and Summer 2020, and we are pleased to offer participants a 20% discount for sessions starting in April and May 2020. Please email us at the email below to request a discount code.

Explore machine learning

Machine learning is a branch of computer science that studies the design of algorithms that can learn. This course will allow you to get to grips with machine learning through the use of R in order to address problems and discover methods for the prediction and classification problems.

Designed for people who have either completed our Introduction to R course or who have experience using it, you’ll use supervised and unsupervised machine-learning techniques and apply them to a variety of real-world datasets, such as house price data or demographic data.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn the following techniques:

Supervised learning:

  • Classification: Decision trees, logistic regression
  • Numeric prediction: Regression trees, linear regression

Unsupervised learning:

  • Pattern discovery: Association rules
  • Clustering: K-means clustering

By the end of the course, you’ll have built a library of re-usable code and understand how to solve more common problems.

For this course, you’ll need some basic experience with R, be able to conduct simple statistical analysis. You also have the option to bring your own dataset if you have it. 

On this course, we want you to have as much hands-on experience as possible. We’ll focus on teaching you to apply machine-learning techniques to data, rather than focusing on the more theoretical points. However, we will point you toward online content that will help you with the more theoretical side and prepare you for any future courses you decide to go on.



Booking information

As a University, we want to give as many people access to our courses as possible. There are a number of discounts that can help you, find out more below: 

  • 10% discount when you enrol for more than one of our short courses at the same time.
  • 20% discount for UK students
  • 25% discount for members of the UK Law and Society Association (UKLSA)
  • If 5 people register from the same institution, the fifth place is free.
  • If you’re a Goldsmiths’ student, member of staff and alumni, you can email us for current discounts.

As a University, we are able to offer our courses at minimum prices, and free of VAT - to make knowledge available to as wide audience as possible.

To find out about our refund policy, go to our AIR courses main page

Disability Support

We are committed to providing reasonable teaching adjustments for students with disabilities that may impact on their learning experience. If you require adjustments, please complete the relevant section on the booking form and also contact us at so we can respond to your requests as soon as possible. 

Please note our short courses sell-out quickly, so early booking is advisable.

Book now

Starting date, Monday 22 Jun 2020
10-5pm | 3 days
Starting date, Monday 17 Aug 2020
10-5pm | 3 days


If you have any questions about this course please contact air ( or call +44 (0)20 7078 5468.

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Tutor information

Portrait of Dr Will Lawrence

Dr Will Lawrence

The course is directed by Dr Will Lawrence, who completed his PhD at the Department of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and who has a background in psychology. Will has rich experience in delivering training in both Python and R, to diverse audiences.


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