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2021 Course cancellation

Unfortunately, the Centre for Statistics in Medicine has had to take the sad decision to cancel the 2021 Randomised Controlled Trials Course. We have secured dates for next year and hope that all those who had considered joining us in 2021 will be able to join us 19-23 September 2022 at Merton College, Oxford for the next RCT Course.

2022: register your interest

19-23 September 2022, 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 will be finalised in early 2022. Previous course facilty have included:

  • 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 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 19 September to Friday 23 September 2022

A typical day runs from 9am to 5:30pm, with a banquet on the evening of Thursday 22 September and an early finish at 2pm on Friday 23 September after lunch.

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


To be confirmed.

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

Bed and breakfast accommodation is available at the college, cost to be confirmed.


Registration will open in early 2022. Please contact Jacqueline Wright to register your interest.

Doug Altman Scholarship

In memory of course founder Prof Doug Altman, one sponsored place in 2020 was to be made available for an applicant from an LMIC (lower-to-middle-income country) or a student. Sponsorship covers the course fee and accommodation at Merton College. The 2020 scholarship recipient (awarded before course cancellation) will join the 2022 course.

Details of the 2022 scholarship will be released in early 2022.