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Clinical Trials: Design - Conduct and Analysis

Academic Leads: Dr Kimberley Goldsmith, Dr Ben Carter, Prof. James Wason (Newcastle University)

Date: 8th April – 12th April 2019
Time: 09:30-17:30
Venue: Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Main Building. Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences (IoPPN), King's College London. View Map.


  • External Early bird: £855 (till 18/10/18, price thereafter £950)
  • KCL Staff Early bird: £641.25 (till 18/10/18, price thereafter £712.5)
  • KCL Student Early bird: £427.5 (till 18/10/18, price thereafter £475)
  • Other student Early bird: £641.25 (till 18/10/18, price thereafter £712.5)
  • King's Health Partners Early bird: £641.25 (till 18/10/18, price thereafter £712.5)

(That is, 50% discount to King's College London PhD students, 25% discount to other students and staff at King's College London and King's Health Partners)

Last booking: 2nd April 2019

BOOKING: Booking for this course has now closed.



The course provides a comprehensive introduction to trial design features used to mitigate bias, important aspects of trial design, conduct, analysis and reporting, and challenges and solutions for conducting RCTs with some focus on behavioural interventions. Throughout the course the emphasis will be on practical issues faced by researchers in the conduct of RCTs in mental health, and participants will be provided with skills to design and conduct rigorous RCTs in this research area.


This course requires an application to be made see more information tab on how to apply. Some practical sessions will involve the analyses and interpretation using practice data sets. STATA syntax/SPSS instructions/R code will be provided and explained, but some familiarity especially with Stata/SPSS software is advised.

Successful participants will need to bring their own laptop computer with working installations of: 1) Stata version 14 or higher or SPSS, 2) the R program to the course.


Subject specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this course the student should be able to
  • Understand the key sources of bias within epidemiology study designs
  • Understand the fundamental features within clinical trial within a mental health framework
  • Participants will also critically appraise published trials.

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • On successful completion of this module the student should be able to 
    Communicate ideas effectively and professionally by written, oral and visual means
  • Interact effectively in a group
  • Implement suitable designs for different settings in responding to a commissioned funding call;
  • Practical skill to develop a database framework, and codebook; trial protocol (as well as other essential documentation);
  • Interpretation and dissemination of clinical trial findings using Stata or SPSS.


Application: To apply please email with the following details:

Email Subject Line: Application for Clinical trials: A practical approach 2019


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  1. Are you affiliated with KCL and/or King's Health Partners?
    1. If Yes, indicate how you are affiliated with KCL and/or King's Health Partners
    2. Indicate your education/employee status: KCL PhD, KCL student, KCL staff, King's Health Partners affiliate, External Student or External
  2. In 100 words, state why you wish to enrol/participate in this course:
  3. In 100 words, state which skills you hope to acquire:

Once your application has been approved, you will be sent a link to payment and a discount code if one is to be applied.


Please note the following:

If you would like to pay by internal transfer, please contact

Your place will not be confirmed until payment has been made.

Failure cancel without sufficient notice will forfeit your course fee and access to future courses.

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