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Randomised Controlled Trials

20 credits at Level 7

Module leader: Catherine Arundel


Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) form the basis for evidence-based medicine and healthcare. Their use has radically transformed patient care. Many thousands of RCTs are completed each year and their results change clinical practice and inform clinical guidelines. Although the principles of a RCT are relatively straightforward, it is important that they are designed and conducted to the highest standard so we can rely on their results.  

In this course the core methods and different RCT designs are explained, and the practical issues involved in designing and conducting RCTs focussing on healthcare interventions are explored. Collectively this module should give you the skills to apply for funding, to plan and deliver a successful trial and to critically appraise published RCTs.

Follow the link for further details of Randomised Controlled Trials - HEA00159M


You should normally be a graduate with a 2:1 degree or higher, or equivalent from an overseas university, and be able to demonstrate that you have the necessary knowledge of and interest in a relevant area of health sciences. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and we follow the University’s Equal Opportunities policy.

Credits and Cost

Qualification awarded

If you successfully complete this course you will be awarded 20 credit points by the University of York, at Level 7.


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