ONLINE Mixed-method Approaches To Evidence Reviews In Europe (MASTERIE)

2 day Course: Next Intake TBC (4 x half day online sessions)

Register InterestWith increasing interest in complex social and public health interventions, attention within the systematic review community is shifting beyond “what works” to exploring “what works for whom under what circumstances”. Such questions require the integration of both qualitative and quantitative data within research projects and PhD theses.

Integration can be achieved at several points in the systematic review process; for example, through the methodology itself (eg realist syntheses and critical interpretive syntheses), through the inclusion of mixed methods studies, and through integrating separate reviews. Integration can take place when focusing the questions, when conducting searching and quality assessment and, above all, in the synthesis and presentation of findings.

This course will examine practical examples of integration at all these levels and stages. The Programme Faculty will begin by taking participants through the mixed-method review process (day one) before examining specific methods and mechanisms for integrating quantitative and qualitative data (day two). The emphasis will be on opening up a toolbox of possible approaches rather than focusing on a single, popularised method.

The course leader, Dr Andrew Booth, has recently contributed to Cochrane and WHO guidance on mixed methods reviews and synthesis while Fiona Campbell has wide-ranging experience across methods and paradigms.

Who will benefit from this course?

No formal experience is required, working knowledge of standard systematic review methods and/or quantitative or qualitative synthesis methods will be an advantage but not essential.

  • Quantitative or qualitative researchers who want to learn how to synthesise qualitative research
  • Systematic reviewers who want to learn how to integrate quantitative and qualitative data
  • PhD students in topic areas that explore complex social or health interventions
  • New researchers who want an overview of evidence synthesis/systematic review alternatives and choices
  • Quantitative and qualitative systematic reviewers who want to update and extend their skills and knowledge

The course will consist of a mixture of presentations, group work, discussions and individual exercises.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme participants will be able to:

  • describe the main approaches to integrating quantitative and qualitative data within evidence synthesis in terms of their strengths and weaknesses
  • rehearse the stages of the systematic review process at which integration might occur
  • articulate different mechanisms by which quantitative and qualitative data might be synthesised
  • describe the requirements for presenting and disseminating mixed-method synthesis data.


Members of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group and Experienced ScHARR Staff.

Professor Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence-Based Information Practice, ScHARR, University of Sheffield and Course Leader of this and our ESQUIRE short course.

Fiona Campbell, Research Fellow, ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

Dates and times

This course usually takes place online over 4 x half day live sessions. Once the next intake has been confirmed these details will be updated.

In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest in the course please complete the short google form below.  You will then be emailed with further details once the next intake has been confirmed.

Register Interest

The fee for this ONLINE delivered course is £349 per person.  

If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at in the first instance, to confirm your eligibility and details of how to book at the reduced rate of £299.

Booking and payment

Once the next intake has been confirmed these details will be updated.

In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest in the course please complete the short google form below.  You will then be emailed with further details once the next intake has been confirmed.

Register InterestPayment Details

Payment can be made via credit/debit card, PayPal or via company invoice (provided a purchase order can be provided).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking.  Wherever possible please also send a copy of your company purchase order to

Immediate payment or purchase order details are required at the time of booking, please ensure you have these details to hand before making your booking.

We would like to reassure you that any bookings made for our ScHARR short courses will be ‘Covid-19 Secure’ meaning that we would ensure that any courses delivered face-to-face would only be done so if Government guidance permitted, and our venue(s) were able to adhere to all Covid-19 safety measures.

In addition, if the course were unable to take place in the format advertised at the time of your booking, we would offer a no-quibble guarantee that we would:

  • automatically transfer your booking to a rescheduled date
  • automatically transfer your booking to the Online version of the course
  • process a full refund, if neither of the above are suitable for you

If you are having difficulties making your Online Store booking, please contact the Online Store directly at, in the first instance.

If you are still having difficulties, or require any further information, please contact the Short Course Unit at

Course delivery and requirements

The live sessions for this ONLINE course will be delivered via the University’s ‘Blackboard’ platform. 

  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or Laptop with a mouse (a USB mouse is recommended for ease of completing exercises in-class).
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB Headset)
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact ScHARR Short Course Unit via email at

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to take telephone enquiries due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation as staff are working remotely at this present time.  Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 17 May 2022