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Research Training Courses

Here we have outlined a few courses/training modules that are useful for learning about research methodology.

INCEPT (clINical aCademia Elearning PlaTform)

Price: Free

INCEPT is a joint venture between the University of Edinburgh and Student Audit and Research in Surgery (STARSurg) collaborative.  The site contains multiple e-learning modules that cover study design, statistics and research careers.  Overall, this is an excellent starting point for medical students who want to learn about research methods. 

Time: 15 Hours

NIHR Good Clinical Practice (Online Course)

Price: Free

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) offers a good clinical practice course, which introduces some basic concepts that researchers need to know. Many research funders/sponsors will require those involved in a study to have undertaken this training. This can be done as an online course that takes approximately 4 hours to complete.

Time: 4 Hours

SIR Interventional Radiology Research Training (ITROP)

Price: Free

The Society of Interventional Radiology, USA have created a programme that aims to equip students and trainees with core research skills. This is a 10-week program that consists of one lecture per week, each focusing on a different research skill. The course is free for SIR members (membership free for students, $50/year for doctors in training).

Time: 10 weeks

Resources for specific areas

General Resources

RCR Research ‘Recipe Book’. The RCR Academic Committee has produced a set of guidance documents designed to help trainees with each stage of conducting a research project. Link

Formulating a Research Question


Study Types & Design


The Effective Interventional Radiology Clinical Trialist. SIR RFS Webinar (1h). Excellent webinar session outlining how to design and run a successful clinical trial in interventional radiology. Link.

Literature Search


Critical Appraisal

How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine. Book by Trisha Greenhalgh. Generally regarded as an excellent resource on how to read a scientific paper. Link

Statistics & Data Analysis


NHS E-Learning for Healthcare (ELFH) Anaesthesia Course. This course has a useful module on statistics. Link

Preparing a manuscript


Publication & Dissemination