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Course Overview

Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) are used to test the effectiveness of interventions. The aim of this course is to take a student through the process of designing RCTs. The course will focus on RCTs in the evaluation of real world healthcare and public health settings.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Kirsty McCormack

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will take a student through the process of designing RCTs. The course aims to give the student detailed knowledge of the appropriate use of trials, alternative trial designs, recruiting and randomising participants, inclusion and exclusion criteria, blinding, multiple outcomes, feasibility studies and the role of clinical trials units.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Flow diagram (50%), CASP randomised controlled trial checklist (30%), Pragmatic Explanatory Continuum Indicator Summary (PRECIS) (20%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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