Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Qualitative Research Methods in Health Course/Module

Qualitiative Research Methods in Health Course/Module

This set of five topics aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills to understand, design and conduct high quality qualitative research. 

By attending all five topics (two half days for each topic) you will gain a clear understanding of the principles of qualitative research as well as practising skills including interviewing, running a focus group, data analysis and developing and presenting a research protocol

There is about an hour of reading required in advance of each session, to help delegates get the most out of the course.  As far as possible, the course is tailored to the research that participants are planning/conducting at the time of the course.  

These sessions are for Masters level students, PhD students and research staff to acquire the knowledge and skills to design and conduct good quality qualitative research. No previous experience of qualitative research is necessary, but it is essential to read the recommended papers in advance.

All courses will be from 10am to 1pm and will be run online.

Course outline

Day 1: Understanding Qualitative Research Methods  (14, 21 Jan 2021)

Day 2: Qualitative Interviewing - Theory and Practice (28 Jan, 4 Feb 2021) 

Day 3: Focus Groups in Qualitative Research - Theory and Practice (11, 25 Feb 2021) 

Day 4: Qualitative Data Analysis  (4, 11 Mar 2021)

Day 5: Designing a Qualitative Study (18, 25 Mar 2021) 

You can register here.


" Great facilitators and very useful resources!!

PhD Student (2017)

" Really good! It was good to get feedback and answers for my project and I also learned from others

Research Assistant (2017)

" This course has been extremely helpful!

 PhD Student (2017)

" Thank you for a well-structured course with informed, engaging lecturers and reading materials and timely refreshment breaks!

 Post-graduate (2016)

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Fees & registration

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For queries about the course content or registration, please contact Fiona Stevenson (f.stevenson@ucl.ac.uk) or Julia Bailey (julia.bailey@ucl.ac.uk)

For administrative queries, please contact Amy Kerin (a.kerin@ucl.ac.uk)