Post Graduate Diploma in
Survey Data Analysis for Development

DataFirst, SALDRU and the UCT School of Economics will be offering a series of short courses, together with a research project, as the Post Graduate Diploma in Survey Data Analysis for Development. This is a year long course fully accredited by UCT.

Programme Aims

This diploma is intended to equip participants with the survey and data skills to contribute to the policy debates in South Africa and the world. Both the practical data skills as well as the theoretical understanding of the development and policy context will be emphasised.


The course is structured around six modules and a research project.

The timetable for 2017 is: 

Block week 1:  3.5 weeks

-  Introduction to Stata:  1-3 February 2017 (This course is for registered students that do not know Stata)

-  Cross-sectional econometric methods:  6-10 February 2017

-  Complex Survey Methods:  13-17 February 2017

-  Panel data methods:  20-24 February 2017

Block week 2:  1 week

-  Teaching for above 3 courses:  2-6 May 2017

*  Examinations:  11-14 July 2017


Block week 3:  3 weeks

-  Social Welfare Measurement:  17-20 July 2017

-  Applied Labour Economics:  24-28 July 2017

-  Consumption and micro-economic theory:  31 July - 4 August 2017


Block week 4:  1 week

-  Teaching for above 3 courses:  26-30 September 2017

   *  Examinations:  To be confirmed

-  Research Project workshop and deadline:  To be confirmed


If students want to finish within one year they will need to hand in their project before re-registration day in 20178(± 2nd week of February).  More details on the modules.

Who is eligible?

People with a degree in Economics, Statistics, Demography or some other tertiary qualification. In the latter case we will want evidence of being familiar with data analysis or econometric software.  Note that SALDRU runs a free course every January "An Introduction to Household Survey Analysis using Stata" which can provide some of the background.


Applications need to be made via the UCT website and will close at the end of October.

Background on the organisations presenting the qualification

SALDRU and DataFirst will be running this programme under the auspices of the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Much of the material has been successfully presented in the past as short courses.

SALDRU (The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit) is the premier research unit analysing poverty and inequality in South Africa. SALDRU managed the first nationally representative survey run in South Africa in 1993 and is currently managing the National Income Dynamics Study on behalf of the Presidency.

DataFirst is South Africa’s premier data service, disseminating over 200 studies to researchers throughout the world. It has run workshops on data curation and data quality for many African national statistics agencies.

The School of Economics at UCT is the top-rated Economics Department in Africa, with a particularly strong record in applied work through research units like SALDRU.


**This is a SALDRU/DataFirst/School of Economics training initiative supported by Statistics South Africa.


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