Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
This course provides an overview of the use of qualitative research methods using a combination of practical workshops, group discussions and formal lectures.
Delivered over five days in Oxford, this training course provides hands-on practical experience of different qualitative methods including in-depth interviewing, focus groups and ethnography, as well as developing skills in thematic analysis. It is particularly suited for people who are starting work on a project with a qualitative dimension, doctoral students at the beginning of their projects, and those who are thinking about using qualitative research methods for the first time. The course also provides a useful introduction or refresher for researchers, academics, or managers who are supervising students or those doing qualitative research projects.
While this course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students, the skills developed here apply to many settings - so everyone is welcome, regardless of their professional or research background.
Recent courses have included sessions on: introduction to qualitative research, research design, ethnography, conducting a literature search, qualitative interviewing, recruitment and sampling, focus groups, thematic qualitative data analysis, NVivo, other approaches to analysis, ethics, conversation analysis and the quality of qualitative research.
The course is very much weighted to practical sessions and participants will have the opportunity to present a research proposal, practise interviewing and observation skills, facilitate focus groups, and analyse data. There will also be an optional evening session covering video interviewing, and a guest speaker presentation before the course dinner.
By the end of the course participants will:
- have an understanding of different methodological approaches to qualitative research,
- be able to search effectively for online resources using sensitive or specific search filters,
- understand the key issues around recruitment and sampling in qualitative research,
- have developed skills to write an interview schedule,
- have practical experience of conducting in-depth interviews, ethnographic observation, and organising and running focus groups,
- be able to discuss some of the ethical issues associated with conducting qualitative research,
- have developed skills to analyse qualitative data using a thematic approach,
- be aware of other approaches to analysis
- be able to appraise the quality of qualitative research.
Course fee: £1,525
Duration: 5 days
Total places: 22
Venue: Somerville College, Oxford
This course contains content from our other courses, including Introduction to Focus Groups, Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing, Analysing Qualitative Interviews.
“This has been a fantastic week, an excellent combination of theory and practice. I feel much more confident to go back to work on my project. This should be an example to others of how to run a course.”
- Course attendee
About the venue:
Somerville College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1879 as Somerville Hall, and was one of the first women's colleges in Oxford.
The course is run by the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. HERG has been running successful qualitative research methods courses for over ten years drawing on the wide range of expertise within the group which includes the disciplinary areas of medical sociology, anthropology and public policy.
The Research Group conducts qualitative research focusing on the personal experiences of health conditions. The research findings, together with supporting video, audio and text extracts from the qualitative interviews, are published at www.healthtalk.org. This unique Oxford database of over 2000 qualitative interviews provides interesting, informative and contemporary teaching materials to support the course content.