Qualitative Research Methods: An Introduction to the Diversity of Qualitative Research Methods PART 1 (ONLINE)

1 day course: Monday, 12th December 2022

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The course is divided into two programmes (this introductory course, and our advanced 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.

Part 1 (An Introduction to the Diversity of Quality Research Methods)

This first part is primarily focused on the overarching methodology that governs qualitative research from design to data collection, data analysis and reporting of findings. It will introduce a wide range of popular qualitative research methods, comparing their basic philosophies and principles.

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 Introduction course participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the fundamental philosophies and principles of qualitative research
  • Describe the place of qualitative research on the continuum of knowledge and the nature of knowledge generated in qualitative research
  • Compare the background of a range of qualitative research methods
  • Understand and apply the principles of continuity of qualitative research methodology, from design to output


  • Steven Ariss is the course leader for this revised new and exciting ScHARR short course.
  • Nasrin Nasr

Further details of PART 2 - Qualitative Research Methods:  Advanced Theory and Practice

Dates and times

This course will be taking place as follows:

PART 1:  Monday, 12th December 2022  (10am - 5pm GMT)

Online bookings will automatically close for Part 1 and Whole Course at 9am Monday, 12th December 2022.

PART 2:  Thursday, 26th January 2023 (10am - 5pm GMT)

Online bookings will automatically close for just Part 2 at 12 noon on Tuesday, 24th January 2023.

If you would like to be kept up to date with booking deadlines, please complete the short google form below with your details.

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The fee for Part 1 Only is £199 per person.  

The fee for the whole course (Parts 1 and 2) is £398 per person.

If you are a member of ScHARR Staff or a ScHARR Student please contact Karen Holden at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk in the first instance, to confirm your eligibility and details of how to book at the reduced rate of £149/£299.

Booking and payment

This course is now live on our Online Store and accepting bookings.  

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Online bookings will automatically close for Part 1 and Whole Course at 9am Monday, 12th December 2022.

Payment Options

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

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 email an electronic copy of your company purchase order to scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

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.

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

If you are still having difficulties, or require any further assistance please contact the Short Course Unit at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Course delivery and requirements

Online delivery via 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.
  • Ability to access Google Sites and other Microsoft/Google software.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

Tel:  0114 222 2968

If you would like to be kept up to date with booking deadlines, please complete the short google form below with your details.

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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: 29 November 2022