Introduction to qualitative research

Title:Introduction to qualitative research

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 stage postgraduate research students
Early career researchers

This course is for you if you have had little or no previous experience of qualitative methods and want to understand the range and uses of this distinctive approach. We will help in identifying the range of perspectives available.


This course is NOT for you if you are thinking solely in terms of a quantitative research design.



The course builds understanding through lecture and seminar-style discussion.



The session will describe and explore:

·        the philosophical basis of contrasting research paradigms

·        some key qualitative traditions

·        Insights into interviewing

·        the starting points necessary for robust analysis

There is an emphasis on helping participants to grasp the fundamental theories before practical design issues.

Related courses

Further Qualitative Research

Research Interview Skills

Qualitative Methods Tutor (a moderated 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. 



To provide participants with theoretical grounding in common research approaches within the qualitative research paradigm.



By the end of the course participants will:

·        have a fundamental understanding of the qualitative research paradigm as philosophically distinct from post-positivist quantitative research.

·        be able to understand some key distinguishing features of different approaches within the paradigm.

·        understand a range of language and meanings commonly used by qualitative researchers.

·        have identified further appropriate reading

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.

Importance of booking commitment
When booking on to a Graduate School short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process. 

       It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. The Graduate School maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Graduate School courses and will affect considerations for Graduate School funded opportunities.

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