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

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About the course format:

This online 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.

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

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.

Feedback from previous attendees:

"A good, broad introduction to multiple aspects of qualitative research."

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

Qualitative Research Methods: Advanced Theory and Practice - Part 2

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Course delivery and requirements

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

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  • 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:

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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.

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