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An Introduction to Qualitative Methods

Please note there are 6 sessions in this course (each session is from 09:30-12:30):

  • Monday 22/04/24
  • Wednesday 24/04/24
  • Monday 29/04/24
  • Wednesday 01/05/24
  • Monday 06/05/24
  • Wednesday 08/05/24


This course, run over six half-day online sessions, introduces learners to key principles in research design and strategy, including topics such as: theoretical and epistemological foundations in qualitative health research; developing a research question; key qualitative methodologies; collecting, analysing and interpreting qualitative data; and rigour in qualitative research.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of qualitative research in healthcare practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of different theoretical and epistemological positions in research and its application to qualitative research (e.g. research design, methodological and analytical choices).
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and application of the main qualitative research methodologies used to gather evidence in health and social care
  • Critically appraise and apply key research methods used in data collection in qualitative research.
  • Identify and understand the role of different sampling and data collection methods in qualitative research.
  • Critically appraise and apply research methods used in data analysis and interpretation in qualitative research.
  • Evaluate and critically appraise rigour in qualitative research design

Course format




Introducing Qualitative Research  (Ontology, Epistemology, Paradigms)


Introducing Key Qualitative Methodologies (GT, Phenomenology, Ethnography, Evaluation Research/Case Studies/RE, Action Research)


Part A: Designing a Qualitative Research Study


Part B: Methods in Qualitative Research (Observation, Interviews, Focus Groups, Documents, Arts- Based Methods)


Part A: Mixed Methods Research and Complex Interventions


Part B: Sampling (Types of non-probability sampling, size, recruitment)


Part A: Analysing Qualitative Data


Part B: Worked example of thematic analysis


Assessing the quality of Qualitative Research, Reporting and publishing qualitative studies


Dr Sheila Rodgers

Dr Rodgers received an EUSA teaching nomination for her delivery of this course. 


Category Rate (Card) Rate (Invoice/internal UoE transfer)
Student £240  £260
University of Edinburgh/NHS Lothian £360  £380
Other Academic/NHS £540  £560
Industry £1,080  £1,100

There is a cancellation date of 08/04/2024. If you cancel after this date, you will still be charged.

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