The 'How to' of Randomised Controlled Trials

A short course for the design and development of Randomised Controlled Trials

5 day course: 2017 DATES TO BE CONFIRMED


5 day course: DATES TBC


Please see the Course timetable, which you can download from the top right of this page.

Early Bird Fees

For confirmed bookings received on or before TBC:

£TBC - Early Bird Fee (NO Accommodation) 

£TBC - Early Bird Fee including Accommodation at Halifax Hall (subject to availability/other local hotel) 

Standard Fees

For all confirmed bookings received on or after TBC:

£TBC - Standard Fee (NO Accommodation)

£TBC - Standard Fee including Accommodation at Halifax Hall (subject to availability/other local hotel)

Closing date for bookings is midnight on Sunday, 4th September 2016, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is sooner.

Booking and Payment

All our bookings are processed via our Online Store. Payment is by Credit/Debit Card or PayPal.

If your employer is paying your fees and they would prefer to be invoiced, then please select the Invoice option on our Online Store and ensure that all invoice details are provided (contact email address, full address, purchase order number) and forward a copy of the Purchase Order to

The last booking date for this course is midnight on Sunday, 4th September 2016 or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is sooner.

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

Accommodation and Meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the 3 days, plus a course evening dinner on one evening.

Accommodation is an option but not compulsory, please refer to our Fees for further information and ensure you select the correct option when booking.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking e.g. gluten free, vegetarian etc.


Halifax Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, Endcliffe Vale Road, Sheffield, S10 3ER.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at

or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.

Course Overview

This highly interactive course aims to develop your understanding of the key issues to consider when designing and developing a randomised controlled trial. The course faculty will guide participants through the process of developing an idea to submission of a competitive research proposal.

During the course participants will consider factors including appropriate research questions and funding streams, trial design, measures to maximise recruitment and retention, methods to minimise bias, patient and public involvement in research, statistical analysis, economic evaluation, qualitative research alongside a trial, data management, trial management, quality assurance and costing of a study. The course will feature presentations from experts as a foundation from which participants will work in groups to develop their proposal supported closely by Sheffield Clinical Trials Research Unit staff.

Please note, participants will be expected to undertake work in the evenings at home, as negotiated by the groups, to contribute to the development of the research proposal.

Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day and are included in the course fee. A celebratory course meal will be held on Thursday evening (no additional charge) after the mock submission and prior to the bid being judged by an expert research panel on Friday.

The course will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the development of high-quality randomised controlled trials.

Who will benefit from this course?

The course is aimed at health and research professionals with an interest in randomised controlled trials, particularly early career researchers, new clinical trials unit staff, first time principal or chief investigators, as well as those aiming to become future principal or chief investigators.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of the randomised controlled trial
  • Understand the key issues to consider when designing and developing a randomised controlled trial
  • Appreciate the steps involved in developing a competitive research bid
  • Understand the factors to be considered when implementing a funded randomised controlled trial

Course Materials

All course materials will be provided on USB (including presentations) plus a hard copy of any handouts/exercises where necessary.  A hard copy of presentations are available upon request by delegates.

Participants are asked to provide their own laptop for the duration of the course, please contact us at the time of booking, if you are unable to do so.