Research Interview Skills

Title:Research Interview Skills

Duration:1 day
Training Units2.0
The Graduate School

This course is delivered by the Graduate School

The Graduate School courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.



Target audience




Early-mid stage postgraduate research students
Early career researchers



This course is aimed at Postgraduates and Research Staff who are new to qualitative research interviews and who have received little or no previous training in interviewing or interview analysis. The course provides a valuable insight into the issues around utilising this versatile and widely-used method of data collection.



The course requires participants to transcribe the interview excerpt provided on the following page and bring 2 copies of the transcript to the session:

This task should take around one hour to complete.


Please note that this activity forms an essential element of the course and must be completed for you to fully participate in the session and appreciate the issues covered. Anyone who has not completed this task will not be able to take part in the course.


Course participants should have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the qualitative research paradigm. You will have attended Introduction to Qualitative Research or a similar course.



 This is primarily a practical workshop with individual and group work



Using a combination of provided data and the transcript generated in the pre-requisite task, this course takes participants through basic general principals and processes for;

·        interviewing and associated qualitative data collection

·        handling and managing interview data

·        coding and analysing interview transcripts and associated data


Participants will be introduced to the relevance of contrasting qualitative perspectives in the process of research interviewing and analysis. There is an emphasis on the development of consistent and robust processes in the analysis of qualitative data.


Ethics and ethical review are NOT considered in any detail in this session.


Related courses

Further Qualitative Research

Research Interview Skills

Research Ethics and the Ethics Review Process for Doctoral Research

Preparing to use NVivo® (standalone online learning course)

Research Integrity -stand-alone online course designed to strengthen your awareness of your own responsibilities and accountability when planning and conducting research and provides guidance on what to do should things go wrong. 



This day-long course is intended to provide participants with a practical understanding of common qualitative approaches to gathering and analysing research interview data.



By the end of the course participants will:

·        Have a considered the basic processes involved in research interview data gathering and data analysis.

·        Be able to understand some key distinguishing features of contrasting approaches to interviewing and analysis.

·        Have begun to consider the practical implications for their own research interviews and analysis.





Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Graduate School or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

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