Research Methods: HIV, Sexual Health and Infectious Diseases

  • 24 hours
  • 4 days


This is an intensive four-day short course to help you develop research skills. It's aimed at those with an interest in sexual health, HIV, infectious diseases and other medical specialties. It's aimed at doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and researchers.

The course has been designed to meet the specific needs of busy healthcare workers who want to know more about research.

After completing the course you'll be better able to conduct, appraise and interpret research in the fields of HIV, sexual health, infectious diseases and related disciplines.

You'll be able to use research in your clinical practice and in other settings, and will be able to disseminate your learning to others.

This course is run by the Institute for Global Health at UCL.

Course content

During this course you'll cover the following:

  • principles of formulating a research question and designing a project
  • qualitative, quantitative, biostatistical and epidemiological research methods
  • a practical guide to research governance, ethical approval and good practice in research
  • how to critically appraise scientific literature
  • presenting at conferences and getting papers published
  • how to design and plan a research study
  • epidemiological concepts including chance, causation, confounding and bias
  • statistical analysis for the non-statistician
  • cohort studies
  • case control studies
  • clinical trials
  • questionnaire design
  • qualitative studies
  • research ethics and governance
  • study size and power calculations
  • interpreting research for clinical practice

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Who this course is for

This course is aimed at healthcare workers in the fields of HIV, sexual health and infectious diseases (as well as other medical specialities) who want to develop their research skills.

Prior experience in research and stats is an advantage but not essential.

Course structure and teaching methods

You'll learn through a series of seminars, lectures, problem-solving exercises and group discussions. The course is spread over twenty 90-minute learning sessions.

There is no course assessment.

Teaching staff

You'll be taught by UCL researchers from a world-leading centre for patient-focused and public health research in HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health.

Many of the teachers on the course are also practicing clinicians with links to major London healthcare institutions such as University College Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and the Mortimer Market Centre - one of the UK’s largest genito-urinary medicine clinics with over 4000 HIV positive patients currently in attendance.

Read short biographies of the Research Methods teaching staff (pdf).


You'll receive a certificate of attendance from UCL on completion of the course.

We're currently awaiting CME/CPD accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians.

Cost and concessions

The standard price for this course is £400

There is a reduced rate of £300. This is only available to:

  • individuals from middle/low income countries (World Bank classification)
  • full-time students
  • unwaged individuals

If you're eligible, use the reduced rate voucher code 'RM100' when you book the course (UCL reserves the right to check your status).

Pay by invoice

If your employer is paying and you require an invoice, please email the following details:

  • billing address
  • approval and email from line manager

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should have a better understanding of:

  • the principles of formulating a research question and designing a project
  • qualitative, quantitative, bio-statistical and epidemiological research methods
  • research governance, ethical approval and good practice in research
  • how to critically appraise scientific literature
  • presenting at conferences and getting scientific papers published

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Student review

"As a new employee in nursing research the Research Methods course introduced me to valuable information that I was able to use in my current practice." [Taras, Research Nurse, Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research]

"One of the best courses I have attended. The speakers were from such interesting and diverse backgrounds and it gave me huge insight into how research works. Highly recommended!" [Sara, Senior Research Nurse, Centre for Sexual Health & HIV Research, IPH]

"I have felt inspired since attending the course and have a renewed interest in sexual health research and the possibility of new and exciting things that I can do with my career." [Eleanor, consultant physician]

"Absolutely amazing course, useful and practical and has given me confidence in pursuing research interests in the future and also in analysing the existing evidence base."

"A fantastic course, I will highly recommend, and may well apply to do again later on in my career for further support with research methods. Great opportunities to network amongst academics and other professionals within the field."

"This course was excellent and filled me with a lot of information and knowledge that I will be able to use with my job. It consolidated my previous experience and gave a lot of new tools to use in the future. The course all flowed very well."

"Really enjoyed the course. It was well organised and the calibre of lecturers and their presentations was impressive."

"Very well organised course and thanks to Lewis and Lydia who looked after us really well, thanks for all the lovely refreshments. Overall excellent."

Course information last modified: 20 Mar 2018, 11:03