The Health Experiences Research Group (HERG), at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford runs a highly-regarded programme of core qualitative research methods short courses, including the one-week Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (QRM), Introduction to Qualitative Interviewing, Analysing Qualitative Interviews, and Introduction to Focus Groups. Note that the one-day interview and the two-day analysis courses are scheduled so that participants can take either or both of the courses.
Our courses are very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment. For further information about each course and to book please follow the links above, go to our courses website or visit the University Stores website.
Introduction to qualitative research methods
23–27 April 2018, waiting list only
This one week course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics, and postgraduate students with little or no understanding of qualitative research methods. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background. The 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. The course also provides a useful introduction/refresher for researchers, academics, or managers who are supervising students or staff doing qualitative research projects.
Introduction to focus group
11 May 2018, book now
This one-day course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics, and postgraduate students who want to develop skills in organising and facilitating focus groups and in analysing focus group data. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background. The course is suitable for those with little or no understanding of focus group method as well as those wishing to review and broaden existing skills. Practical exercises and small group work will be used throughout the course to develop competence in designing topic guides, moderating focus groups, and analysing data.
Introduction to qualitative interviewing
16 May 2018, book now
This one-day 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. The only requirements are an interest in qualitative interviewing and the desire to conduct better interviews. The course provides hands-on practical experience of different qualitative interviewing skills.
Analysing qualitative interviews
17–18 May 2018, book now
This two-day course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics, and postgraduate students who are planning to undertake or manage qualitative research using in-depth or semi structured interviews or those who have already collected qualitative interview data which they are unsure how to analyse. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background. The course introduces the principles and practice of qualitative interview data analysis, with particular emphasis on thematic analysis techniques. It uses a combination of practical workshops, group discussions and formal lectures. The course also gives an overview of other approaches to qualitative analysis.
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