University of Oxford Courses - Qualitative Research Methods

The Health Experiences Research Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

We are pleased to announce our programme of qualitative research methods courses for September to December 2014. Our courses are very popular so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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We look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues on one or more of our courses in 2014. 

17-21 November 2014 
“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. Excellent.

This one week course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, and postgraduate students with little or no understanding of qualitative research methods. Everyone is welcome, regardless of research background. The course aims to provide hands on practical experience of different qualitative methods including in-depth interviewing, focus groups and ethnography, as well as practice in analysing qualitative data. 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 or 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.

17-18 September 2014
“The course has been fantastic! Many thanks for the clear and useful teaching – handouts, clips.  All instructors were enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.  Really brought qual methods to life. The experiential work was especially useful.”

This two-day course is aimed at researchers and postgraduate students who have little or no experience of qualitative interviewing. Previous courses have attracted researchers from the health service, clinicians and social scientists, though anyone keen to improve their interview skills is welcome.  The only requirements are an interest in qualitative interviewing and the desire to conduct better interviews. The course aims to provide hands on practical experience of different qualitative interviewing skills.      
3 October 2014
“I go on a lot of training courses. This was one of the best I have been to! So rarely do you get practical experience whilst training. Excellently structured and facilitated course.”

This one day course is aimed at health professionals, researchers and postgraduate students who want to develop skills in organising and facilitating focus groups and in analysing focus group data.  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.                                 

16-17 October 2014
“Overall, really really excellent. So worth my time and energy and I feel energised and inspired to tackle my qualitative analysis with much more confidence in my abilities, than before I came on the course.”

This two day course is aimed at researchers 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.  It aims to introduce 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 will also give an overview of other approaches to qualitative analysis. 

Dr Jenny Hislop 
Senior Researcher, Health Experiences Research Group
Co-ordinator, Qualitative Research Methods Teaching Programme

Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences 
University of Oxford
23-38 Hythe Bridge Street
Oxford OX1 2ET

Telephone: 01865 289328
Direct telephone: 01865 289325
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