Evidence Synthesis of Qualitative Research in Europe (ESQUIRE) (Online)

18th - 26th September 2024 (one full day and three half days)

If you would like to be informed when booking opens or you can't make these dates, please register your interest here.

About the course

This course will take participants through the stages of defining and exploring scope, conducting the literature searches, quality assessing studies for inclusion, synthesising data and writing up and presenting the product of the synthesis. Participants will be provided with practical experience of key stages in the review process.

Feedback from previous attendees:

"Comprehensive introduction to the topic."

"Good quality and good value."

"Really informative and interactive course."

Who will benefit from the course?

No formal experience is required, working knowledge of standard systematic review methods or a background in qualitative research methods will be an advantage, but not essential.

  • Qualitative researchers who want to learn how to synthesise qualitative research
  • Systematic reviewers who want to learn how to translate synthesis methods to qualitative data
  • PhD students in topic areas that require substantive review of qualitative research
  • New researchers who want to develop evidence synthesis/systematic review
  • Qualitative systematic reviewers who want to update and extend their skills and knowledge


Members of the Cochrane Qualitative Research Methods Group and experienced Division of Population Health staff.

Dr Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information, Division of Population Health, University of Sheffield and Course Leader of this popular course.

Mark Clowes, Information Specialist, Division of Population Health, University of Sheffield.

Dates and times

Wednesday 18th September: 10am - 4.30pm (BST)
Thursday 19th September: 1.30pm - 4.30pm (BST)
Wednesday 25th September: 1.30pm - 4.30pm (BST)
Thursday  26th September: 10am - 12.30pm (BST)


The fee for this course is £599 per person.

Current members of University of Sheffield staff and students with an active @sheffield.ac.uk email address are eligible to book onto this course at the reduced rate of £479. 

Booking and payment

Payment can be made via credit / debit card or PayPal. Please visit the Online Store to make your booking.  

Non-University of Sheffield applicants - If your employer is paying your fees and they require an invoice, please ensure you have your purchase order details before making your booking. 

Current University of Sheffield staff and students – If you would prefer to be invoiced or to pay via an internal transfer, a purchase order will be required before you make your booking.  Please contact your department administrator or finance team for help with this.

Difficulties making your booking?

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

Course delivery & requirements

The live sessions for this 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.
  • Ability to access Google applications (e.g. Google Sites) and Blackboard (ensure there are no firewalls preventing access)

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email at scharr-scu@sheffield.ac.uk.

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: 21 September 2023