Support #901

Question by an Msc student

Added by Benjamin Woolf over 5 years ago. Updated about 5 years ago.

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Dear Understanding Society Study,

I am an MSc student at the LSHTM, and am wanting to do my MSc research project on the association between depression and air pollution. I emailed this question to "" and was told to post it here. Your study appears to be the only large publicly available study with both depression data and geocoding, which I could then be used to attach aria level air pollution data. I would want to use one piece of geocoding (e.g. LSOA for 2011) and depression scores at one or two times (and probably some questionnaire data on confounders). I read your Access Strategy, but I was wondering if I could ask a couple of questions. Other than signing up for the UK Data Services, are there any other forms that I would need to fill out in order to get approval to access the data? In addition, if I were to apply to use your data in the next few months, how long would approval take, and would there be any costs? (I don’t have a budget to do my research project, and I have to be able to start doing data analyses by mid-June.)

Thank you and all the best,



Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 5 years ago

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Dear Benji,

The data including LSOA for 2011 is available under Special Licence with study number 7248 at the UKDS:

If you click on Download/Order from this page, the website will take you through everything you need to fill in for the application.

Details of the expected timescales are available in the User Guide, section 4.1.4:

There are no costs to applying for or using the data.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer


Updated by Alita Nandi over 5 years ago

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Updated by Stephanie Auty about 5 years ago

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