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AHRO Masterclass in Fundamental of Clinical Trials

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Full course description


This introductory course is designed for professionals around the world who want to build their knowledge on designing and conducting randomised clinical trials. The course will not consider non-randomised trials or other observational studies. The main focus will be on large multi-centre clinical trials involving both drugs and interventional trials.

Course Outcome

After the course, participants should be able to:

· Describe various type of data and how they are used

· Describe confidence interval and p-values

· Describe how to identify information to perform basic sample size calculation

· Describe and interpret simple analysis

· Define correlation and simpler linear regression

· Understand the value and opportunities of data

· Describe randomisation, blocking and power calculations

· Develop the knowledge of reporting and interpretation of randomized clinical trial


Course Modules

· Principle of clinical trials

· Introduction of observational studies

· Randomisation

· Blinding and Placebos

· Monitoring trial results

· Reporting trial results

· Subgroup analysis

· Multiple outcomes, treatments

· Alternative designs

· Protocol Reviews, Implementation, and Monitoring

· Introduction to Informed Consent

· Introduction to Good Clinical Practice

Teaching: The course will be taught through series of online tutorials, online formative exercises, series of pod-casts and discussion forums. It is compulsory that student take part in 90% of online tutorials. Self-directed learning is an essential component of this training. Electronic learning resources will be made available via our VLE.

Learning breakdown: Our online courses combine several elements to create a balanced blend of learning. Learners will be able to learn at their own pace during the week by viewing content, engaged in discussions, and completing assignments. It is expected that on the average, 8 to 10 hours per week is required for a course.

Assessment: Assessment for this course is based on summative assessment which counts to the module mark. Each summative assessment for a module will be made of a 1000 word essays, scientific article of high standard, 15 minutes presentations, and 3000 worded final assignment.

Duration: 12 weeks

Commitment: 8-10 hours per week as follows:


Projected time (Hours)

Interactive learning




Self-guided Research/Learning


Live sessions


Eligibility: The course is designed for anyone seeking an introductory course on randomised controlled trial who would like to be involved in design, conduct, and management, reporting or review of clinical trials.