Computing in R (AMC PhD Program)

Information about the course Computing in R.

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R is a simple programming language for statistical computing. Due to its simplicity, flexibility and the large variety of statistical functions available in R, it is a popular alternative for programs like SPSS. However, for a beginner mastering R can be rather difficult. This course helps the PhD candidate to become familiar with the basics of R. After the course the PhD candidate will be able to write short programs in R for basic data analyses and for plotting high-quality figures.

This course is part of the 'Systems Medicine' training program that includes the courses Bioinformatic, Bioinformatics Sequence Analysis, Systems Medicine, E-science, Computing in R and Unix.


    The course is given twice a year on four morning sessions and consists of a mix of lectures and computer exercises. If you already have some experience with R, you are encouraged to take your own clinical or omics data with you and bring what has been learnt into practice on this dataset during the 2nd afternoon session.

      Scheduled dates:

      • September 21, 22, 24 and 25, 2020
      • March 22, 23, 25 and 26, 2021


      Topics covered are:

      1. Installation of R and its packages.
      2. Data import and export.
      3. R syntax: data structures and functions .
      4. Graphics in R.
      5. Documentation and help.
      6. Data manipulation.
      7. Simple statistical functions: model fitting.
      8. Programming in R.

      Target Audience:

      AMC PhD candidates. Note that the focus of this course is not on statistics. The AMC Graduate School provides the courses Practical Biostatistics and Advanced Topics in Biostatistics for PhD candidates interested in learning more about the principles of biostatistics.


      The course is given in English, unless all participants understand Dutch. Course material is provided in English.


      To qualify for the certificate, a participant must attend all lectures and workshops, and complete all assignments satisfactorily. Attendance is registered.

      Study load:

      12 hours, which is comparable to 0.4 ECTS points.

      Number of participants:

      Maximum 40 per course.


      No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates.

      Course Coordinator:

      Dr. ir. P.D. Moerland / Department of Clinical Epidemiology / / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4660.

      More information:

      From the course coordinator or AMC Graduate School / / room E2-172 / tel. +31 (0)20 - 566 4618.


      AMC Graduate School
      Tel: +31 (0)20 - 566 3108