UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics

10:00 am, 13 May 2019 to 4:30 pm, 17 May 2019

This five-day course offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental aspects of research methods and statistics. From study design, data types, and graphs, through to choice and interpretation of statistical tests, with particular focus on standard errors, confidence intervals and p-values.

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Centre for Applied Statistics Courses

This is a basic introductory course in research methodology and statistical analyses that covers a comprehensive range of topics for individuals who are new to quantitative research. This is a theory-led course, but delegates are given plenty of opportunities to apply the concepts via practical and interactive activities integrated throughout the course. During the 5 days of the course, the following topics are covered:

  • Introduction to quantitative research
  • Research question development
  • Study design, sampling and confounding
  • Types of data Graphical displays of data and results
  • Summarising numeric and categorical data
  • Numeric and categorical differences between groups
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Confidence intervals and p-values 
  • Parametric statistical tests
  • Non-Parametric tests
  • Bootstrapping
  • Regression analysis

The majority of examples used in this course are related to health research, but the concepts can be readily applied to most other fields.


Course fees

External Delegates (Non-UCL)£750
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni£375 *
Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSHFREE †
* Valid UCL email address and/or UCL alumni number required upon registration. Please note, this category does not include hospital staff unless you have a formal affiliation with the university.

† Limited free spaces available. If there are no free places remaining, Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH can still register at the UCL rate.

Prices include printed course materials, refreshments (and lunch for non-ICH participants 12.45pm - 1.45pm).


Please note that no refunds will be given for non-attendance or cancellations made within 5 working days of the start of the course. For delegates attending courses on funded places, a £100 fee will be charged for late cancellation, non-attendance or partial-attendance. This fee is needed to cover printing, catering, etc. costs that are ordered no later than 5 days before the course and are based on the number of people registered at that point in time. 

Future Dates (10.00am-4.30pm)
13th-17th May, 201910.00am - 4.30pm^Add to waiting list

^Registration period is 9.45am-10.00am with tea and coffee served and the course will begin at 10.00am.

Future Dates (evening)
3rd June - 2nd July, 2019 (10 x Monday and Tuesday evenings)5.30pm - 8.15pm^Register

^Registration period is from 5.15pm every evening with tea, coffee and snacks served.


"I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I'm very satisfied with the way these concepts were taught. I think the team does an excellent job. I will be recommending this course to a lot of people."

"I really enjoyed the course. It was well paced and had good balance of practicals, voting slides, breaks and teaching… The course environment was really friendly as well, and I felt comfortable asking questions."

"Very good course and well explained. I liked the use of interactive questions and the exercises as the practical application was important in the understanding of the tests. As someone who finds mathematics intimidating, the clinical and visual approach was very helpful."

"Excellent course, really helpful well organized and interesting."

"The way the teaching was interspersed with practicals and class voting slides was fantastic - it really helped me to stay focussed and gave me a chance to find out early on how well I was understanding and able to apply what we were learning. All the teachers were brilliant. Engaging, interesting and very knowledgeable."