Previous workshops: 2020

Introduction to Multilevel Modelling Using MLwiN, 7-9 January 2020, University of Bristol

This three-day course provides an introduction to multilevel modelling using the MLwiN software. We focus on multilevel modelling for continuous and binary responses (dependent or outcome variables) when the data are clustered or hierarchical. Such methods are appropriate when, for example, analysing the exam scores of students nested within schools, or the health outcomes of patients nested within hospitals. Longitudinal data are also clustered, with repeated measurements on individuals or multiple panel waves per survey respondent.

The course will consist of a 2:1 mix of lectures and hands-on practical sessions applying the taught methods to real datasets using MLwiN. Throughout, there is an emphasis on how to interpret the models and on what kinds of research question they can be used to explore.

Topics covered:

  1. Overview of multilevel modelling
  2. Introduction to MLwiN
  3. Variance-components models
  4. Random-intercept models with covariates
  5. Between- and within-effects of level-1 covariates
  6. Random-coefficient models
  7. Growth-curve models
  8. Three-level models
  9. Review of single-level logistic regression
  10. Two-level logistic regression


We assume no prior knowledge of multilevel modelling or MLwiN. However, participants should be familiar with estimating and interpreting linear regression models, including the writing and interpretation of model equations, hypothesis testing and model selection, and the use and interpretation of dummy variables and interaction terms. Some participants may wish to refresh themselves of this material by reading module 3 of our LEMMA online course.


Professor George Leckie, Dr Lucy Prior, Dr Richard ParkerProfessor Harvey Goldstein


The course starts with registration at 10.45 on Day 1 and finishes at 15:00 on Day 3. Participants are expected to attend the full course.

Course fees

The course fees include printed materials, lunch, and morning/afternoon refreshments. The course fees do not include travel and accommodation costs. There will be an optional course meal for participants and workshop instructors on the Tuesday evening at an additional cost of £30.60.

Introduction to multilevel modelling:

  • For UK-registered MSc and PhD students - £180
  • For UK university academics, UK public sector staff, and staff at UK registered charity organisations - £360
  • For all other participants - £660


A full refund will be given if cancellation occurs three weeks prior to the event. No refund is given after this date. By completing the application form, you are accepting these cancellation terms.


Our workshops are now regularly over-subscribed so we have had to introduce an application and selection process. If you would like to attend either workshop, please complete and submit the online application form (see below). Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 10th November.

Submission of the form and its acknowledgement does not guarantee a place on the workshops. We will email you by Monday 18th November to tell you whether or not your application has been successful. If you are offered a place on either workshop, it will not be confirmed until you have accepted and paid the relevant fee.

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