Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Qualitative Research Methods in Health Course/Module

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

By attending all six one-day courses you will gain a clear understanding of the principles of qualitative research as well as practicing 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 day course, to help delegates get the most out of the course.  As far as possible, the day 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.

MSc students at UCL will need to get the approval of their MSc lead if they wish to take this course as one of their modules - 15 credits (please see FAQs for further information - link). 

All courses will be from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Course outline

Day 1: Understanding Qualitative Research Methods  (17 Jan 2019)

Day 2: Qualitative Interviewing - Theory and Practice (31 Jan 2019) 

Day 3: Focus Groups in Qualitative Research - Theory and Practice (14 Feb 2019) 

Day 4: Qualitative Data Analysis  (28 Feb 2019)

Day 5: Designing a Qualitative Study (14 Mar 2019) 

Day 6: Writing Qualitative Research (28 Mar 2019)

You can register here.


" "Great facilitators - friendly and very helpful"

Psychologist (2017)

" "Really good! I felt we could talk about all our experiences and doubts.  It was good get feedback and answers for my project and I also learned from others."

PhD student (2017)

" "Excellent introduction, I feel much more confident to start interviewing now."

 Academic Clinical Fellow (2016)

" " The presenters were very engaging"

PhD Student (2014)

" " The role play was very valuable being interviewer, interviewee and observer, this gave me important insights in what works well and what to avoid. The sharing of experience with other people on the course is very motivating for me."

Research Nurse (2014)


Fees & registration

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For queries about the course content, please contact Julia Bailey

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