Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit
The University of Nottingham
University of Nottingham

Short course: Fundamentals of Clinical Trials 

This course will next take place in 2023 - exact dates TBC





The course introduces the key considerations when designing and conducting a randomised clinical trial. Throughout the five-day course, delegates will learn why clinical trials are necessary, how different kinds of trials are designed and how bias can be minimised, how trials are managed and then analysed, interpreted and reported.  The course will not consider non-randomised trials or other observational designs, or trials evaluating diagnostic tests.  We will primarily focus on large multi-centre clinical trials, considering both drug and complex intervention trials.

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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 of different designs for randomised trials and their use
  • be aware what information is required in order to estimate the size of a trial
  • be able to participate in the design of a randomised clinical trial
  • have an understanding of other methodologies including qualitative and health economics
  • understand the importance of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) throughout the lifecycle of a trial
  • understand when and which approvals and regulations are needed in clinical trials
  • have an understanding of a clinical trial protocol and other trial documentation
  • have an understanding of factors to consider when undertaking a multi-centre clinical trial
  • be aware of trial safety and requirements for clinical trials involving medicinal products
  • have an understanding of risk assessment, data collection and monitoring of trial data
  • know how to report and interpret results from a randomised clinical trial

Is this course for you?

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 management, analysis, reporting or review of clinical trials.

The course will comprise of lectures, workshops and discussion.

Exact timings and further details will be provided nearer the time, though days will usually start around 09.00 and end at 16.30.


Course tutors

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


 Early Bird rate


Standard rate



What does the course include?

All printed course materials will be provided in a large delegate folder, provided to you at the start of the course.  You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Light refreshments will be provided in the morning before the course begins and for morning and afternoon breaks.  A hot buffet lunch will also be provided.  Free parking is available on-site.


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

We will adhere to any Government guidelines with regard to Covid-19.

For further information pelase contact or 0115 8231600


Feedback from previous delegates

 All lectures were delivered well.  Overall a good course and I would recommend to my colleagues.

 Overall I would thank you for an excellent course that covered a huge amount of material but in an accessible way and I left knowing more than when I started.


 The organisation and course manual was excellent. A really enjoyable course which I would happily recommend to other researchers.


 Well put together and good value.


Nottingham Clinical Trials Unit

General enquiries
Telephone: +44 (0)115 8231600