Introduction to Python - Data Analysis and Programming


1 week

Day and time:

Mon - Fri, 10am-5pm

Next course: Starting date
Monday, 14 May 2018
Future courses: Upcoming dates

Course overview

Related subjects

Computing, Data Analysis, Programming

Department Psychology

Learn how to manipulate and shape your data, automatic processes or write bespoke programs.

The course was amazing, and has sparked my interest to continue with Python.

Professional, UK

Great course! I will recommend it.

Professional, UK

This is a practical introduction to programming using Python.

This course is aimed at those new to programming and provides an introduction to programming using Python.

If you are involved in the analysis and management of data, you will soon encounter the need to manipulate and shape your data, automate processes or write bespoke programs. Due to its versatility and gradual learning curve, Python has quickly risen to be one of the languages of choice for introductory courses in programming. Moreover, through the use of excellent numerical packages it can compete against more statistical and mathematical packages such as Matlab and R.

By the end of this course, you should be able to write useful Python programs, use Python for more advanced data analysis and understand more complex Python programmes written by others. The final group project will involve creating a useful program that can help a user control their finances.

The course will cover the following key aspects of programming using Python:

  • General introduction to programming
  • Programming in Python
  • Using the interpreter and iPython
  • Writing Python scripts
  • Loop and control flow (for-loops, if-statements)
  • Data-types: strings, lists, dictionaries
  • Using and writing functions
  • Functions for scientific programming: Numpy and SciPy
  • Finding problems in code
  • Data manipulation project using Python

This module can be taken in conjunction with Introduction to R. Also available, 3-day intermediate course on Python packages.

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Future courses

Upcoming dates:
Monday, 14 May 2018 - Friday, 18 May 2018
Monday, 6 Aug 2018 - Friday, 10 Aug 2018
Monday, 12 Nov 2018 - Friday, 16 Nov 2018

How to Apply

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All enquiries can be sent to Teemu Toivainen at (020 7078 5468)


Cancellations up to 14 days before the course start date will incur a 20% cancellation fee. For later cancellations, or non attendance, the full course fee will be charged.


  • 10% if you are taking two courses in consecutive weeks
  • 20% UK students
  • 25% UK Law & Society Association (UKLSA) Members
  • If five people register from the same institution for the same intake, the fifth place is free
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