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Internal Statistical Consultation Service


The Department of Statistics provides a statistical consultation service to support all academic and administrative staff of the University of Pretoria, as well as *masters and doctoral students, with their empirical research.Click here to apply

* Masters applications for research support will be considered after taking into account the number of applications received and the capacity available to assist.


Guidelines for the use of the internal statistical consultation service


The aim of the internal consultation service of the Department of Statistics is to support and enhance the research function of the University by raising the standard of implementation of statistical methodology.


The specific services entail assistance with regard to

  • Questionnaire design and layout (not development).
  • Sampling design and sample size determination.
  • Experimental design.
  • Data capturing for analysis.
  • Statistical analysis of quantitative data.
  • Assistance with regard to the correct interpretation of the results.


Applicants must complete and submit the online application form, where after they will be contacted by a statistical consultant for a first consultation.  Application for statistical support is not guaranteed and will depend on the availability of staff and overlap with existing research activities.


Terms and conditions

  • We reserve the right to refuse to capture and/or analyse data collected without the involvement of the internal consultation team at the onset of the research project.
  • Consultations are conducted by appointment only.
  • Consultations are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • The statistical team does not act as the supervisor of any student.
  • The supervisor(s) should accompany the student during all consultations. We reserve the right to refuse consulting with the student should this condition not be met.
  • We do not write reports of research findings/results.
  • We cannot accept responsibility for the statistical correctness of research results as reported by a student/researcher.
  • The nature and extent of the research should be such that it is publishable as an article in a journal. It is expected that the contribution of the statistical consultant/s is acknowledged by granting co-authorship. This entails at least the editing of the statistical section of the article by the statistical consultant/s. For record-keeping purposes we require that an electronic copy of the final article and/or thesis/dissertation be sent to us at completion of the project.The following Letter of Co-authorship Agreements should also be submitted with each request for Statistical Assistance. 


This free service is available to UP staff for their academic research, to doctoral students and to master's students whose research component forms a substantial part of their degree.



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