Qualitative Research Methods: Advanced Theory and Practice Part 2

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About the course format:

This course is divided into two programmes (this advanced course, and our introduction course). 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, if you have recent experience or qualifications around qualitative research, you may be able to attend Part 2 only.  Please see Booking and Payment section below for further details.

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

Qualitative Research Methods: An Introduction to the Diversity of Qualitative Research Methods - Part 1

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Current UOS Staff/Students

Current University of Sheffield staff and students are eligible to book at a reduced rate. An active @sheffield.ac.uk email address is required.

Please see Booking and payment section for further details.

 All fees are VAT exempt.

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. 

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Course delivery and requirements

This course will be delivered using the University's 'Blackboard' platform.

NHS staff - important note: We are aware of issues caused by NHS firewalls.  We recommend registering with an alternative/non-NHS email and using a non-NHS device when attending the course if possible. Thank you *


  • Reliable and stable internet connection.
  • A PC or laptop
  • Webcam and microphone (preferably a USB headset)
  • Mouse 
  • A quiet room where there will be no/minimal disruption.
  • Ability to access Google applications (e.g. Google Docs, Google Sites, Google Sheets).

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.

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