Qualitative Research Methods in Health

  • 7 hours per day
  • 1 to 6 days
  • 04 November 2019


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

You can attend all courses (at a reduced rate) or book specific days individually.

By attending all six days you'll:

  • gain a clear understanding of the principles of qualitative research
  • practise skills including interviewing, running a focus group, data analysis, and developing and presenting a research protocol

This course is run by UCL's Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health (PCPH), based at the UCL Royal Free campus, Hampstead, London.

Who this course is for

It's aimed at MSc and PhD students, as well as those working in academic research or health, who carry out (or plan to carry out) qualitative research.

You don't need to have any previous experience of qualitative research.

If you're an MSc student at UCL you can take this course as one of your modules for 15 credits. You'll need to get the approval of your MSc lead.

Course content

Details of what each of the one-day courses will cover:

Day 1: Understanding qualitative research methods
Day 2: Qualitative interviewing - theory and practice
Day 3: Focus groups in qualitative research - theory and practice
Day 4: Qualitative data analysis
Day 5: Designing a qualitative study
Day 6: Writing qualitative research

Dates and times

Each day runs from 9am to 5pm. The courses will next run on:

  • Day 1: Understanding qualitative research methods - 4 November 2019
  • Day 2: Qualitative interviewing - 5 November 2019
  • Day 3: Focus groups in qualitative research - 6 November 2019
  • Day 4: Qualitative data analysis - 7 November 2019
  • Day 5: Designing a qualitative study - 8 November 2019
  • Day 6: Writing qualitative research - 6 December 2019

Teaching and assessment

The sessions involve a range of teaching styles, including group work, practical tasks and discussion. 

Learning will be assessed through planning and writing a protocol for a qualitative research project. 

You'll be required to do about one hour of reading in advance of each day course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of all six courses you should be able to:

  • understand some of the philosophical debates that inform qualitative research
  • describe and distinguish between structured, semi-structured and 'in-depth' interviewing
  • explain when and how to use focus groups
  • distinguish between different types of qualitative data analysis  
  • write clear qualitative research question/s
  • understand debates and dilemmas in how to describe qualitative research for an academic audience


The fees are:

  • £1,300 for all six days
  • £1,150 for five days (Days 1 to 5)
  • £250 per one-day course

The fee covers the cost of tuition, course materials and food and refreshments. Accommodation and travel aren't included.

Further information

More information about these courses can be found on the PCPH's website.

If you have any questions about the course content, please email Fiona Stevenson ( or Julia Bailey (

For administrative queries, please contact Ayan Robleh (

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Course team

Julia Bailey - joint course leader

Julia is an Associate Professor in the e-Health Unit at UCL. She also works as a doctor in sexual health clinics in South East London. Her research interests include sexual health, e-health, doctor-patient interaction, online trials, systematic reviews and qualitative methodology (especially discourse analysis).

Fiona Stevenson - joint course leader

Fiona is a Reader in Medical Sociology at UCL. She's been using and teaching qualitative research methods for over 20 years. Her research primarily focuses on perceptions, communication and interactions about health. She has a particular interest in eHealth, user involvement and implementation of research. Her particular qualitative methodological expertise is in thematic analysis and conversation analysis.

Student review

"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)

Course information last modified: 02 May 2019, 16:11