Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
The University of Nottingham
University of Nottingham
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Fundamentals of Clinical Trials

Course dates and Venue:


The course will run again in the next academic year.


What is the course about?

The course introduces the key considerations when designing and conducting a randomised clinical trial. There will be discussion of why clinical trials are necessary, how different kinds of trials are designed and how bias can be minimised, the conduct and management of trials, and how trials are interpreted and reported. The course will not consider non-randomised trials or other observational designs, or trials evaluating diagnostic tests.


By the end of the course, participants should:

  • understand when and why randomised controlled trials are necessary
  • understand and evaluate methods to minimise bias in the design and conduct of randomised controlled trials
  • be aware what information is required in order to estimate the size of a trial and of appropriate statistical methods to analyse the data
  • be aware of the main steps involved in conducting a clinical trial
  • be able to participate in the design of a randomised clinical trial
  • know how to report a clinical trial

The course will comprise of lectures, workshops and discussion.


Who the course is intended for?

The course is intended for anyone seeking an introductory course on randomised controlled trials, and who is likely to be involved in the design, conduct and mangement, analysis, reporting or review of clinical trials. No prior knowledge of clinical trial design or statistics is required.


Course outline

The course will include but not be limited to the following:

  • The need for randomised controlled trials
  • Design of randomised controlled trials
  • Explanatory vs pragmatic trials
  • Feasibility and pilot studies
  • Trial conduct and management, including an overview of approvals & regulations
  • Randomisation and blinding/concealment
  • Sample size estimation
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Multiple comparisons and sub group analyses
  • Reporting randomised trials


Course tutors

All sessions on the course will be led by experienced staff from Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit


What does the course include?

Course materials will be provided in delegate packs.

Light refreshments will be provided in the morning before the course begins and for morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch in the resturant will also be provided.


Terms and conditions

In the event that you need to cancel your booking we ask that you give as much notice as possible. Participants cancelling more than two weeks before the start of the course will be eligible for a full refund, after that time you will be charged the full course fee. In the unlikely event that the short course has to be cancelled, our liability is limited to course fees only. We recommend that delegates have adequate cover to reclaim any travel or accommodation expenses. If you need to cancel, please email your request to

For further information please contact or 0115 8231600. 









Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 8231600