Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Qualitative Research Methods in Health Course

Please note: Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have had to make the difficult decision of postponing the November 2020 course. We aim to reschedule in the Spring/Summer term of 2021. We thank you for your interest in the Qualitative Research Methods in Health Course and will update the site with more information when possible.


This Qualitative Research Methods in Health course aims to equip delegates with the knowledge and skills to understand, design and conduct high quality qualitative research. 

By attending all five days 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 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.  

All courses will be from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Please note: The Qualitative Research Methods Short Course is run twice a year. First in early November for one week and then again between January-March with bi-weekly sessions. 

Course outline

Day 1: Understanding Qualitative Research Methods  (17 Jan 2020)

Day 2: Qualitative Interviewing - Theory and Practice (30 Jan 2020) 

Day 3: Focus Groups in Qualitative Research – Theory and Practice (20* Feb 2020) *new date*

Day 4: Qualitative Data Analysis  (28 Feb 2020)

Day 5: Designing a Qualitative Study (12 March 2020) 

Day 6: Writing Qualitative Research (26 March 2020) 

You can attend all course (at a reduced rate) or book specific days individually. However, please be advised that the sessions are designed to be taken together as each session feeds into the next and so priority is given to students applying for all sessions. 



"Very useful and very very interesting" - PhD student (2019)

"Everything I wanted/needed to learn was covered today" - PhD Student (2019)

"I have a more clear understanding of the basics of qual methods, terminology and ways it may fit into my own research" - Researcher (2019)

"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 other." PhD student (2017)

"Excellent introduction, I feel much more confident to start interviewing now." - Academic Clinical Fellow (2016)

"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)

For any questions about the course please see our FAQs page (link)


Fees & registration

Log in (enrolled delegates)

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.

Further Information

For queries about the course content, please contact Dr Fiona Stevenson and Dr Julia Bailey.

To register or for administrative queries, please contact Amy Kerin on a.kerin@ucl.ac.uk

We are also able to offer customised and bespoke short courses for qualitative research methods. For information on fees and further details please contact us.