Netherlands, Utrecht

Introduction to Multilevel Analysis

when 8 July 2021 - 10 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 500

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this program has been cancelled for 2020.


This course will teach you the theoretical basics of multilevel modelling and some important methodological and statistical issues. You will also learn how to analyse multilevel data sets with the HLM and Mplus programs, to interpret the output and to report the results. The benefits of multilevel analysis are discussed both in theory as with empirical examples. This course restricts to a quantitative (i.e. continuous) outcome variable. Categorical outcomes are part of the course Advanced Multilevel.

Social research often involves problems that investigate the relationship between individual and society. The general concept is that individuals interact with the social contexts to which they belong, meaning that individual persons are influenced by the social groups or contexts to which they belong, and that the properties of those groups are in turn influenced by the individuals who make up that group.

Generally, the individuals and the social groups are conceptualized as a hierarchical system of individuals and groups, with individuals and groups defined at separate levels of this hierarchical system. The appropriate analysis technique for such a hierarchical system is multilevel analysis. The benefits of multilevel analysis are discussed both in theory as with empirical examples.

a good follow up is our course on 'Advanced Multilevel Analysis'
you might also be interested in the course 'Advanced course on Using Mplus'
Participants are requested to bring their own laptop computer. Software will be available online.

Please note that there are no graded activities included in this course. Therefore, we are not able to provide students with a transcript of grades. You will obtain a certificate upon completion of this course

Course leader

Dr. Mirjam Moerbeek

Target group

(Master) Students or (post-graduate) researchers who already have a basic knowledge of regression analysis (i.e. previously completed a bachelor level introductory course in multivariate analysis techniques). A maximum of 40 participants will be allowed in this course.

Course aim

Participants will learn the theoretical basics of multilevel modeling and some important methodological and statistical issues. They will also learn how to analyze multilevel data sets with the HLM and Mplus programs, to interpret the output and to report the results.

Fee info

EUR 500: Course + course materials + lunch
EUR 200: Housing fee (optional)

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