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This one-day course provides hands-on practical experience of different qualitative interviewing skills and techniques. Our tutors are experienced and approachable experts who will support you to develop and practice new skills. 

This course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students who have little or no experience of qualitative interviewing. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background. Previous courses have attracted researchers from a wide range of disciplines including health professionals, social scientists and educators.


This course will include:

  • Expert-led lectures focusing on practical and theoretical elements of qualitative research interviews
  • Practical sessions offering delegates the opportunity to produce an interview schedule (topic guide), and to develop and practice different qualitative interviewing skills
  • Feedback sessions to help improve interviewing techniques
  • Discussion of recruitment, ethical issues, and challenging circumstances including sensitive subjects and hard-to-reach groups


By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the main features of qualitative interviewing
  • Be familiar with the key skills of interviewing, including body language, asking open questions, probing and active listening
  • Have gained practical experience of designing an interview schedule (topic guide)
  • Have developed qualitative interviewing skills using different techniques
  • Be aware of issues associated with qualitative interviewing, including recruitment, and challenging circumstances

We provide:

  • All data for you to work with
  • A course handbook containing slides and materials
  • Online access to slides and materials
  • Experienced, approachable tutors who are research-active
  • Lunch and refreshments