RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIAL COURSE: A Guide to Design, Conduct, Analysis, Interpretation and Reporting

This annual course provides a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for evaluating healthcare interventions. You will learn from an interdisciplinary faculty of clinicians, statisticians, and trial managers, all with a wealth of RCT experience. The course uses a problem-based learning approach, including lectures and small-group practical sessions, and grounds all learning in practical experience and examples from the literature.


*Clarify the fundamental principles and practice of RCTs

*Present the optimal methodology to use in RCTs

*Examine the critical issues involved in planning, conducting and completing a successful trial

*Provide a basic understanding of the statistics used to plan and analyse RCTs

*Teach critical appraisal skills and practice appraising RCT papers


If you are planning or actively involved in trials, or are interested in furthering your knowledge of trial methodology, this course is for you. It is ideal for those early in their career or those looking for a refresher course, as it provides an overview of all elements of an RCT. We welcome applications from clinical and non-clinical researchers and other professionals allied to medicine.


Date and times: Monday 9 September to Friday 13 September 2024. A typical day runs from 9am to 5:30pm, with a course dinner on the evening of Thursday 12 September and an early finish at 2pm on Friday 13 September after lunch.

Venue: The course will be held at Merton College, University of Oxford, a historic college located in Oxford city centre.

Course fees: £1550 – Fees must be paid in full before your place on the course is confirmed. Fees include daily lunch and refreshments, a course dinner (Thursday evening), and a comprehensive delegate’s pack including all course materials.

Accommodation: Bed and breakfast accommodation is available at Merton College for £120.00 per night (not included in course fees).