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Randomised Controlled Trials course

RCT Course 2024: 9-13 SEPTEMBER!

Registration NOW OPEN!

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:

  • Dr Juul Achten, Research Manager, Oxford Trauma and Emergency Care, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Prof Jonathan Cook, University Lecturer, Centre for Statistics in Medicine and Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford.
  • Prof Richard Emsley, Professor of Medical Statistics and Trials Methodology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King's College London.
  • Prof Katie GilliesProfessor of Clinical Trials Methodology and MRC Senior Non-Clinical Fellow, University of Aberdeen.
  • Prof Sally Hopewell, Professor of Clinical Trials and and Evidence Synthesis, Centre for Statistics in Medicine and Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford.
  • Prof Ed Juszczak, Professor of Clinical Trials and Statistics in Medicine, Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit, University of Nottingham
  • Prof Rebecca Kearney, Professor and Director of Bristol Trials Centre, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol
  • 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.
  • Prof Eric OhumaProfessor of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
  • Dr Ines RombachSenior Research Fellow/ Statistician, School of Health and Related Research, The University of Sheffield
  • 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.


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 (£1400 when payment is made before 30 April 2024). 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).



Now closed to applications.

We are delighted to offer the Doug Altman Scholarship in 2024, covering the course and accommodation fees only for one participant from an LMIC. The Scholarship does not include any travel costs or Visa fees. Application for the scholarship can be made alongside course application. Scholarship applications must be made by 30 April 2024.



 To request an application form, or if you have any questions regarding the course, please contact