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This live interactive online course consisting of two three hour sessions is suitable for all MSD postgraduate research students looking to plan and conduct plan and conduct reproducible clinical research projects.

You are expected to attend two sessions:
  • Wednesday, 13 March 13:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday, 20 March 13:00 - 16:00


This course consists of two three hour live interactive online sessions that address the fundamentals of planning and conducting reproducible clinical research projects, aiming to give you a solid grounding in:

  • How to turn a research idea into an answerable question
  • Planning for success: involving patients, statisticians, and librarians to ensure your project is relevant, well formulated, and built on solid foundations; making the most of institutional resources and support with your research
  • Principles and features of study design; choosing the appropriate design and methods to answer a research question
  • Principles of statistical thinking and interpreting statistical results: sampling, inference, bias and uncertainty, interpreting effect estimates
  • Reviewing medical literature: considerations when critically appraising clinical literature



 At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Apply the key steps and methods to ensure your clinical research project is relevant, rigorous, and reproducible
  • Understand basic statistical principles and how to interpret statistical results
  • Undertake critical appraisal for clinical research.




It is now a requirement that you complete the three short questions in the survey you receive after attending the course. Once you have submitted the survey, you will be sent an email with a link to your attendance certificate. This is to ensure we receive the feedback we need to evaluate and improve our courses. Survey results are downloaded and stored anonymously.


Where no cost is indicated in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required. However, two or more consecutive non-attendances or late cancellations without good reason will be logged and may mean you cannot attend any further MSD training that term. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information.