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Qualitative Research Methods

Key facts

TypesProfessional Development
Short Courses
AddressEwert House
Ewert Place
OX2 7DD. Map
DatesMon 23 to Fri 27 Jun 2014
Subject area(s)Health
CATS points20
FeesFrom £1575.00
Application statusApplications being accepted
Course codeO13C199B9J
Course contactIf you have any questions about this course, please email cpdhealth@conted.ox.ac.uk or telephone +44 (0) 1865 286941.


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This module will provide an overview of the principles and practice of qualitative research. Students will explore how people make sense of their lives, and recognise ways in which qualitative research bridges the gap between scientific evidence and clinical practice by examining the attitudes, beliefs, and preferences of both patients and practitioners. Participants will learn to collect data using observation, interview and focus groups and become familiar with the techniques of thematic qualitative data analysis.

Enrol now for "Attendance Only" participation in this course. This includes access to five full days of teaching by world renowned experts in evidence-based health care at the University of Oxford. To participate fully in this course all attendees are expected to hold a first degree in a health related subject and at least two years professional work experience in health care. To support the learning experience all "Attendance Only" students will have access to a dedicated online virtual learning environment before and during the course including access to pre-course reading materials. Applicants registering as "Attendance Only" are not eligible to undertake the academic assignment offered to students on award-bearing programmes of study. A Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course. Fee payable: £1575.

Applicants who wish to register for academic credit and complete the assignment are required to submit a separate Accredited Short Course Form together with a full CV and a professional reference. Fee payable: £1890. Please contact cpdhealth@conted.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions at all.

The last date for receipt of complete applications is Friday 6th June 2014. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.


The overall aims of this module are to enable students to:

  • Use qualitative research in evidence based practice;
  • Understand commonly used qualitative methodologies in health care;
  • Understand the ways in which qualitative and quantitative approaches can be combined;
  • Discuss the issues involved in systematic review and synthesis of qualitative research;
  • Describe steps to design, data collection and analysis for a qualitative project;
  • Use qualitative methods, including observation, interviews and focus groups;
  • Conduct thematic qualitative data analysis;
  • Write up qualitative research results.

Core Reading

  • Ziebland, S., Coulter, A., Calabrese, J. and Locock, L.(Editors). (2013) Understanding and Using Health Experiences. Improving patient care. Oxford: OUP.

Comments from previous participants:

"It was a good mix of theory and practice; tutors drew from the best examples and from their own experiences."


Dr Jenny Hislop

Role: Module Coordinator

Jenny Hislop is a Senior Qualitative Researcher.

Assessment methods

Submission of an assignment of up to 4,000 words in which the participant describes an issue that they have investigated using a qualitative approach.


Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford.


Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.

Fee options

Programme Fee
Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1575.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Cert in Health Research: £1575.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1575.00
Short course in health sciences: £1890.00
Attendance only: £1575.00

Apply for this course

Admissions Criteria:
To apply for the course you should:

  • be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • have at least two years' professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
  • identify a work based problem for which you will be seeking evidence
  • be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
  • have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
  • show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.

You can apply for this course in the following ways:

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