Introduction to Qualitative Methods Short Course: booking now open

22 - 25 July 2024
In person - KCL

Booking now open: please click here for information. 

Aims of the course 

The course will give an overview and introduction to qualitative research methods, including individual interviews, focus group discussions, observation, ethical issues, content and thematic analysis, NVivo and rigour in qualitative research. The course will also highlight the different theoretical approaches to data collection and analysis, including the Grounded Theory Approach, Ethnography and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

What does this course cover?

This four-day course aims to provide students with an understanding of the purpose and appropriate use of qualitative research methods. The course is intended to be both practical and accessible and aims to equip students with the skills to undertake their own qualitative research. Course tutors will provide examples from their own work to illustrate the application of qualitative research in the mental health field. Different theoretical approaches to data collection and analysis will be explored, including the Grounded Theory approach and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Methods to be described will include individual interviews, focus group discussions, observation and content and thematic analysis.

Learning objectives

By the end of the summer school, students should be able to:

Understand the epistemological assumptions of qualitative research and key principles and practices of different theoretical perspectives, including Grounded Theory and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Understand the purpose and application of qualitative methods of data collection including interviews, focus groups and participant observation.

Appreciate ethical issues surrounding the use of qualitative methods in health research.

Understand and apply common skills and procedures that exist across qualitative methods of data analysis.

Critically appraise qualitative research and understand how to install rigour in the research process.

Who is it for? 

The Summer School is intended to introduce students to the basic principles and pratices involved in undertaking qualitative research. It is relevant to researchers, mental health practitioners, service providers and users, and all those with an interest in understanding and applying qualitative research methods. 

Application information

Course directors: Dr Vanessa Lawrence and Dr Abigail Easter
Entry requirements: An undergraduate degree OR a relevant professional qualification.
Application process: Click here to book

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