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Join the Centre for Statistics in Medicine's annual RCT Course, which covers everything you need to know about the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation and reporting of randomised controlled trials.

Randomised controlled trials course 2019 2

Registration now open

23-27 September 2019, Merton College, University of Oxford

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

COURSE Faculty

Course faculty include:

  • Prof David Beard, Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Prof Mike Clarke, Director, MRC All-Ireland Trials Methodology Research Hub, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Associate Prof Jonathan Cook, University Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences and Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.
  • Prof Richard Emsley, Professor of Medical Statistics and Trials Methodology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King's College London.
  • Prof Ed Juszczak, Director, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit Clinical Trials Unit, University of Oxford.
  • Prof Karina Lovell, Professor of Mental Health and Director of Research, Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester.
  • Prof Graeme MacLennan, Professor of Medical Statistics and Director of the Centre for Health Care Randomised Trials (CHaRT), Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen.
  • Dr Ines Rombach, Medical Statistician, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.
  • Dr Michael Maia Schlussel, Medical Statistician, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford.


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.


Monday 23 September to Friday 27 September 2019

A typical day runs from 9am to 5:30pm, with a banquet on the evening of Thursday 26 September and an early finish at 2pm on Friday 27 September after lunch.

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


£1450 (£1300 when payment is made before 1 May 2019).

Fees include daily lunch and refreshments, a course dinner (Thursday evening), and a comprehensive delegate’s pack including all course materials.

Accommodation (not included in course fees) is available at the college.


Course registration is now open. Places are limited and registration will close on 15 August 2019 or when the course is full, whichever is sooner. Please contact Jacqueline Wright on for an applications form.

CSM courses and events

UK EQUATOR Centre Publication School November 2019

Thursday, 07 November 2019 to Friday, 08 November 2019, 9am - 5pm @ Botnar Research Centre, University of Oxford

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Forthcoming events

Trials Expertise Session: Pitfalls of Applications

Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 10am to 11am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54

OCTRU Workshop: Serious Breaches

Thursday, 19 September 2019, 9.30am to 1pm @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54/38

OCTRU Training Bite: Phase II Trial Design

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 10am to 11am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54

OCTRU Training Bite: Safety Oversight

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 10am to 11am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G38

OCTRU New Starter Training

Tuesday, 01 October 2019, 10am to 11.30am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G52

OCTRU Training Bite: Trial Committees and Groups

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 10.30am to 11.30am @ Botnar Research Centre, Room G54