Designing Qualitative Research with Randomised Controlled Trials

1 day course: Tuesday, 28th September 2021

Researchers often use qualitative research before or during randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of complex interventions. We will focus on designing qualitative research, paying attention to writing relevant parts of a grant application. We will take people through the key issues to consider, drawing on real-world examples from our own practice as lead investigators, clinical trialists, qualitative researchers, and Research Design Service advisors. We will NOT focus on how to do qualitative research in general or how to do RCTs.

Who will benefit from the course?

  • People planning to design qualitative research with RCTs
  • People leading qualitative research with RCTs
  • People working with qualitative researchers on RCTs


Dates and times

1-day course: 28th September 2021

  • Start: 8:45am for registration and refreshments, with a prompt 9:15 am course start
  • Finish: 5pm

£279 - Early Bird Rate (including copy of textbook, details below) - for bookings received on or before 11pm on 28th June 2021.

£379 - Standard Rate (including copy of textbook, details below) - for bookings received on or before 11pm on 14th September 2021.

£145 - ScHARR staff/ScHARR student only rate (including copy of textbook) - please contact Karen Holden at, to discuss and confirm your eligibility, and obtain the password required to complete your online booking.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 14th September 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Booking and payment

Bookings are open for this new and exciting short course. All of our ScHARR short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store. Payment or purchase order details are required at the time of booking (credit/debit card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking. Bookings are not confirmed until receipt of the purchase order has been confirmed at

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date. Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

A copy of the 2018 book ‘A practical guide to using qualitative research with randomised controlled trials’ by A O’Cathain, will also be provided, and is included in the course fees.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre
Endcliffe Vale Road
S10 3ER

Accommodation and meals

Refreshments and lunch will be provided for the duration of this one day course.

Accommodation is not included in the course fee. We do however have a preferential rate of £70 per night at Halifax Hall, and £50 per night at our Jonas Hotel (located behind Halifax Hall). Details of how to book these, will be provided in your confirmation email upon receipt of your booking.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

or call +44 114 222 2968.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 30 July 2020