Short courses


Research Methods: HIV, Sexual Health and Infectious Diseases

  • 30 hours
  • 5 days


This intensive five-day short course will help you develop your research skills

It's 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.

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

Many of the teaching examples used on the course are from infectious diseases and sexual health, but the principles can be applied to any discipline.

This course is run by the Centre for Clinical Research in Infection and Sexual Health based in the Institute for Global Health at UCL.

Course content

This course will cover:

  • principles of formulating a research question and designing a study
  • qualitative, quantitative, mixed research methods
  • the principles of statistical design and analysis
  • working with data
  • the principles of systematic review
  • questionnaire design
  • patient and public involvement in research
  • the principles of health economics
  • an overview of research in low and middle income countries
  • research governance, ethical approval and good practice in research
  • presenting at conferences and getting papers published
  • translating research in to policy

See the course twitter feed (@RMC_IGH) for regular updates and information. 

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 not essential.

Course structure and teaching

The course will run over five days (Monday to Friday).

You'll learn through a series of seminars, lectures, problem-solving exercises and group work.

There is no course assessment.


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 £650

There is a reduced rate of £550. 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 l.clinton@ucl.ac.uk the following details:

  • billing address
  • approval and email from line manager

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • formulate a research question and design a study
  • understand the principles of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods
  • understand the importance of patient and public involvement in research
  • understand the principles of systematic review
  • understand the practicalities of research governance, ethical approval and good practice in research
  • understand the challenges of translating research in to policy
  • improve your skills at presenting at conferences and getting scientific papers published

Course team

Teaching staff

Teaching staff

You'll be taught by world leading researchers in public health, infectious diseases and sexual health.

The course is led by Dr Binta Sultan (b.sultan@ucl.ac.uk), a clinical researcher based in the Institute for Global Health.

Learner reviews

"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: 30 Nov 2022, 16:00