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Online interactive two day course suitable for Medical Sciences Division researchers who want to learn more about qualitative research with a view to conducting a qualitative research study. This course contains pre-work you will need to complete before each live session.

You are expected to attend two sessions:

11 November @ 09:30 - 11:00

18 November @ 09:30 - 11:00

Please make sure you read all of the sections below relating to how this course will work, pre-work, and the survey and attendance certificate.


Are you planning a qualitative research study as part of your research/clinical practice? This course is accessible and relevant to qualitative and quantitative Medical Sciences Division researchers who want to learn more about qualitative research with a view to conducting a qualitative research study. This online course for Medical Sciences Division researchers will teach you how to plan and undertake a qualitative research study.


  • Understand different approaches to qualitative research and decide which to use
  • Learn what makes a good quality study
  • Be aware of current reporting guidelines for qualitative research
  • Learn how to code and analyse qualitative data
  • Explore the issue of qualitative sample size
  • Understand the concept of saturation.


It will consist of pre-recorded material and tasks on Canvas that you will need to work through before two hour long interactive sessions, held on two separate days. Please refer to 'This course has pre-work' below for further detail.

You will need to complete two short tasks before each interactive session (4 tasks in total). Spend a maximum of 30 minutes on each task. All of the necessary documents will be available once you book onto the course. Instructions for each task will also be available.

Task 1:

Read and appraise the study 'Purpose in life among very old men' (Hedberg et al. 2013) using the CASP qualitative checklist.

Task 2: Read the interview transcript and annotate codes in the margin that distil the meaning (examples given). 

Task 3:

Sort the codes from a study on pelvic organ prolapse into piles or 'themes' (examples given)

Task 4:

Rewrite at least two of these themes into accessible first-person English.


Maximum 20


For the interactive session, you will be sent the link in the automated communication along with joining instructions. To join the session, you can click on the link 15 minutes before the session. Once the tutor has started the session they will tell you what to do. 


Once you have booked on the course, you will be sent an enrolment email from Canvas. Accepting this link gives you access to the pre-work (pre-recorded lectures, exercises and other materials) you will need to work through to participate in the live sessions. Please note, as Canvas is a separate platform to the booking system, you may need to check your junk folder if you haven't received the enrolment invitation email.


A good internet connection, uninterrupted time, camera and microphone enabled on PC.


It is now a requirement that you complete the three short questions in the survey you receive after attending the course. Once you have submitted the survey, you will be sent an email with a link to your attendance certificate. This is to ensure we receive the feedback we need to evaluate and improve our courses. Survey results are downloaded and stored anonymously.


Where there is no cost in the shopping trolley, no deposit is required. However, more than two consecutive non-attendances or late cancellations without good reason will be logged and may mean you cannot attend any further MSD training that term. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information.