SPSS and statistics

Basic statistics in English

Statistical methods are one of the main tools for students and researchers working with empirical data. Therefore, statistics is an appropriate minor subject to a university degree at almost any field. Studies in statistics provide skills both to critically evaluate empirical research results, and to do empirical research.

For BSc and MSc students we offer Basic Statistics in English 3622111 course. After completing the course, you will understand the basic ideas of statistical analysis and inference and are able to use the most simple analysis methods. After the course you will have the basic knowledge to learn more advanced methods.

The statistics courses are open to all students of the university. At the University of Eastern Finland, it is possible to study statistics from basic to advanced levels.

See Statistics web site for a full list of courses


UEF IT Services organises introductory lectures on SPSS and SAS for students and staff members. The introductory lectures (3 hours) provide tools for applying basic statistical methodology. No previous knowledge on SPSS or SAS is needed. Excercises introduce you to e.g.

  • software version / activating software versions
  • variables
  • saving the data
  • SPSS windows and menus

For more information and registration: Tietotekniikkapalveluiden koulutukset

SPSS and SAS softwares can be downloaded onto your personal computer.

Download SPSSS and SAS


The statisticians at the UEF offer consulting on matters of statistical methods and their rightful use. Consulting is meant for students and researchers who have acquired the basic knowledge of the statistics, equal to the Basic statistics in English 3622111 course, and whose own supervisor is unable to help them on the matter. For those writing their Master’s thesis or Bachelor’s thesis consulting is given on their supervisor’s request.

The statisticians offer help in e.g.

  • Formulation of research hypotheses
  • Planning of data collection
  • Construction of statistical measures
  • Choice of statistical method
  • Choice of model
  • Interpretation of results

Contact the statisticians by filling in a request