Designing Qualitative Research with Randomised Controlled Trials

1 day course:  Tuesday, 29th September 2020


1 day course: Tuesday, 29th September 2020


Start: 8:45am for Registration and Refreshments, with a prompt 9:15 am course start.

Finish: 5pm


£279 - Early Bird Rate (including copy of text book, details below) - For bookings received on or before 11pm on Wednesday, 29th July 2020.
£379 - Standard Rate (including copy of text book, details below) - For bookings received on or before 11pm on Tuesday, 15th September 2020.

£145 - ScHARR Staff/ScHARR Student Only Rate (including copy of text book) - 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 Tuesday, 15th September 2020, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

Booking and Payment

Bookings are open for this new and exciting ScHARR 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).

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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 (0)114 222 2968.


Researchers often use qualitative research before or during randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of complex interventions. We will focus on designing the 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.

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.

Course Faculty

Professor Alicia O'Cathain is the course leader for this 1 day short course.

Dr Danny Hind

Dr Lizzie Coates

Dr Sarah Drabble