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This two-day online course introduces the principles and practice of qualitative data analysis, with emphasis on thematic analysis.

Over two days our approachable and research-active experts will show that analysis is achievable though an accessible step-by-step process, and will provide de-identified data for you to work with. Day one begins by looking at organising data (coding categorising and theme development); day two explores 'finding a story' and developing your analysis to translate to a research paper or thesis chapter. 

We aim to support those who are planning to undertake or manage qualitative research using in-depth or semi-structured interviews or qualitative observational data, and support those who have already collected qualitative data which they are unsure how to analyse. The thematic analysis approach used is also applicable to other kinds of qualitative data including observation, diaries, and other text sources. While the course is aimed at the needs of health and care professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students, the skills developed here apply to many settings  - please ask us if you are unsure whether Analysing Qualitative Data is the course for you.


Please note that some of the teaching sessions for this online course will involve you participating in live, interactive Zoom sessions, which will fall between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00 UK time. We are very happy to welcome bookings wherever you are internationally, but please make sure that you are able to attend video calls between these hours. 



The course will include:

  • Expert-led lectures (a mixture of live and pre-recorded) on the principles of qualitative data analysis, with emphasis on thematic analysis
  • Demonstrations and small group work to develop skills in coding and categorising qualitative data and in data interpretation
  • Practical online exercises considering how to conduct and recognise 'good quality' qualitative analysis
  • Expert feedback to support your learning and understanding

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the principles of qualitative data analysis with emphasis on thematic analysis
  • Have gained practical experience of coding, categorising, and conceptualising qualitative data or qualitative observational data using a thematic analysis approach

We provide:

We provide:

  • Access to the online learning platform (CANVAS)
  • Online access to slides and materials
  • De-identified data for you to work on whilst developing your skills
  • Experienced, approachable tutors who are research-active