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A one-day course introducing the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of randomised controlled trials, organised by Prof Jonathan Cook


To provide an introduction to the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of a randomised controlled trial (RCT)

Learning objectives

  • To explain why RCTs are needed
  • To introduce the principles of RCT design including basic trial design, sample size calculations and statistical analyses
  • To review the practical implications of running a trial
  • To give an overview on how to report and critique an RCT

Target audience

University of Oxford DPhil students, researchers and other staff members working in trial related-roles (e.g. trial co-ordinators) seeking an introduction to RCTs


Send your name, contact details, current position, and a brief description of why you want to attend to Jennifer de Beyer ( to reserve your place


Free, but places are limited. Reserve your place early to avoid disappointment