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Introduction to Study Design & Research Methods

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
AddressRewley House
1 Wellington Square
OX1 2JA. Map
DatesMon 12 to Fri 16 May 2014
Subject area(s)Health
CATS points20
FeesFrom £1575.00
Application statusApplications being accepted
Course codeO13C176B9Y
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email cpdhealth@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1865 286941.


Bridge of Sighs - ISDRM

Choosing and designing the most appropriate study to address your clinical research problem is paramount in generating the best evidence.

This module will introduce some of the more advanced concepts and skills of research design, emphasising how they relate to evidence-based health care. Choosing and designing the most appropriate study to address a clinical question is paramount in generating the best evidence. As students learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of 6 key study designs, they will also learn how to design a research protocol. Participants will design data collection and analysis, to include appropriate statistical tests. They will also learn strategies to manage bias and assess the quality of published research.

Students will apply their learning in small groups to develop a protocol for an allocated research question, for which they will receive constructive and academic feedback.

The last date for receipt of complete applications is Friday 25th April 2014. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.


This course will enable students to:

  • Describe in detail different types of research methodologies;
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the different study designs;
  • Assess whether research studies are using the most appropriate study design;
  • Discuss why various approaches may be appropriate/ inappropriate for their work-based research question.

Statistical Analysis

  • Describe methodologies that are used to investigate the effects of health care interventions;
  • Have a basic understanding of the approaches to statistical analysis that can be used with these methodologies;
  • Develop an understanding of the types of approaches that can be used for statistical analysis in each type of study design.

Protocol Development

  • Identify various facets that form a successful research protocol, for different types of health research;
  • List some of the challenges of preparing a research protocol, and develop strategies for addressing them.

Core Reading

  • Epidemiological Studies: A Practical Guide - by Alan J. Silman and Gary J. Macfarlane

Comments from previous participants:

"This is a good course for bringing together a wide range of practical and theoretical expertise for dealing with research related topics."

Free Talk

Monday, 12 May 2014, 6pm, Rewley House

Dr James Sheppard, MRC Research Fellow, University of Oxford

"Is it ok to prank call GPs in the name of research"



Dr Clare Bankhead

Role: Module Coordinator

Clare Bankhead is University Research Lecturer.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a written assignment which should not exceed 4,000 words.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford.


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1575.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Cert in Health Research: £1575.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1575.00
Short course in health sciences: £1890.00
Attendance only: £1575.00

Apply for this course

Admissions Criteria:
To apply for the course you should:

  • be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • have at least two years' professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
  • identify a work based problem for which you will be seeking evidence
  • be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
  • have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
  • show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.

You can apply for this course in the following ways:

Apply by post, email or fax
Download a PDF application form PDF document.

MSc Terms and Conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.
Stand Alone Terms and Conditions (important: please read before applying) PDF document.

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