Qualitative Research Methods: Advanced Theory and Practice (previously Day 2 of ERA)

1 day course: Wednesday, 6th October 2021

The course is divided into two programmes (this advanced course, and our introduction course) delivered over two consecutive days. These can be attended both together or each course/day separately. This course is delivered through a series of talks with practical exercises, examples and group discussions.

Participants can choose the first or second day programme or both depending on their learning needs. Previous knowledge of qualitative research is not a requirement for attending the full course, or day 1. However, a basic knowledge of qualitative research would be beneficial for participants attending day 2 only.

Quality Research Methods: Advanced Theory and Practice (PART 2)

This second part/day focusses on a deeper understanding of four qualitative research methods that explore experiential, practical and situated knowledge grounded in personal and shared experiences and pragmatic philosophies:

  1. Narrative approaches
  2. Ethnomethodology/Conversation Analysis
  3. Realist Research
  4. Experiential Evaluation

Who will benefit from this course?

The course mostly will be using examples from health and social care. However, the general principles are transferable to any area of investigation, and will benefit anyone with an interest in qualitative methods; especially those who believe in context-dependent and value based methods to understand human experiences.

The following are examples of groups that could benefit from the course:

  • Academics & Researchers
  • Health and social care practitioners and managers
  • Public health practitioners
  • Service improvement specialists
  • Implementation scientists
  • Post graduate research students
  • Health care designers and commissioners
  • Evaluators of complex interventions
  • Product designers/developers

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this advanced/second day programme participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on some of the ideas that guide experiential research approaches and their suitability for specific research questions
  • Describe the foundations of Ethnomethodological approaches for observational research, and the key principles and techniques of Conversation Analysis (CA)
  • Understand the models of Narrative research and its key principles and characteristics
  • Appreciate the fundamental values of Realist research and the unique insights that this approach can provide
  • Understand Experiential evaluation suitable for co-design and participatory approaches, where meaningful engagement with stakeholders seeks to understand the lifeworld of the people involved through empathic engagement

Course Faculty

Further details of PART 1 - An Introduction to the Diversity of Quality Research Methods

Dates and times

PART 2 Advanced: Wednesday, 6th October 2021

PART 1 Introduction: Tuesday, 5th October 2021


Part 1 Introduction: TBC

Part 2 Advanced:  TBC


£299 TBC- Early Bird Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 5th July 2021.

£399 TBC- Standard Rate for confirmed bookings received on or before 11pm on 21st September 2021, or until the course reaches full capacity, whichever is soonest.

We also offer a 20% discount for group bookings of 4 or more people on the same course. Please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk to book. NB: This discount cannot be applied at checkout or after a booking has taken place. ALL group bookings must be made directly with Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Bookings for this course will automatically close at 11pm on 21st September 2021.

Booking and payment

Provisional bookings are currently being taken for this exciting ScHARR short course.  Please email your details to Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.  You will be placed on a waiting list, and then contacted on when the course has gone live on our Online Store, and bookings have officially opened.

All of our short course bookings are initially processed through our Online Store.  Payment or Purchase Order is required at the time of booking (Credit/Debit card or PayPal is accepted).

If your employer is paying your fees, and they would prefer to be invoiced, please select this option on the Online Store then forward an electronic copy of the actual purchase order to scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.  Bookings via Invoice are not confirmed until the Booking AND PO have been received by the Short Course Unit.

Bookings will automatically close at 11pm on 21st September 2021, or when the course reaches full capacity, whichever is the soonest.

If you have any queries relating to fees and payment, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Course Materials

Course Materials will be provided via a Delegate Course Website approximately 1 week prior to the course start date.   Hard copies of exercises will be provided throughout the course as necessary. Hard copies of PowerPoint presentations will not be provided, but these can be printed by delegates before the start of the course via the Delegate Course Website.

Accommodation and Meals

The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, plus all course materials (provided via a delegate Course Website) and teaching fees.

Accommodation is NOT included

We do however, have a preferential rate at Halifax Hall of £70 per night and £50 per night at our new Jonas Hotel, which is situated behind Halifax Hall.  Details of how to book at these rates will be automatically provided in your confirmation email from myself via the Online Store.

If you have any particular dietary or access requirements then please contact the Short Course Unit with your requirements at the time of booking, and/or ensure you provide details on your online booking.


Halifax Hall Hotel & Conference Centre

Endcliffe Vale Road


S10 3ER


For further information please do not hesitate to contact the Short Course Unit via email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk

or call +44 (0)114 222 2968.

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: 30 July 2020