Basic Introduction to Qualitative Research

INTRODUCTORY SESSION: Basic Introduction to Qualitative Research (half day) with Dr Krysia Canvin

Wednesday 6 December 2017 9.30-12.30, Crewe



  1. To provide:
  • A basic introduction to qualitative research
  • Understanding of terminology used in qualitative research
  • An overview of the range of qualitative methods and techniques
  1. To make participants aware of:
  • Common criticisms of qualitative research
  • Indicators of quality in qualitative research
  1. To signpost further reading
  2. To provide opportunities for one-to-one questions and advice


At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Decide if qualitative methods and techniques are appropriate for them and their study
  • Distinguish between different styles of qualitative methods and techniques


The course does not cover:

  • Comparison of qualitative & quantitative methods
  • Study design or research questions design



Basic introduction to qualitative research is an introductory session suitable for individuals with no or very little experience/knowledge of qualitative research.



The course will take place in a training room with an attached breakout area. The course will combine informal lecture-style teaching using Powerpoint slides, with group discussion and practical exercises. Places will be limited to 6-10 people to facilitate an informal setting where interaction, questions and discussion are welcome.



I have been a hands-on qualitative researcher for over 20 years. That means my day job consists of actually doing the research, not only supervising and/or lecturing (although I do some of that too). As a result, I have been involved in 15 qualitative projects (mostly as lead or sole researcher), interviewed hundreds of participants and analysed thousands of pages of data. I have authored/contributed to around 90 articles, reports, book chapters and presentations. I have worked at several prestigious universities: University of Oxford, University College London, University of Liverpool. In addition to providing bespoke qualitative research training, I have been teaching qualitative methods on the Oxford Clinical Psychology Doctorate for 9 years and receive consistently positive reviews from trainees.



“Gave a very good overview of qualitative research in a really fun, interactive style”

“Did exactly what it said on the tin!”

“Course was fab, gave me a great overview of the main concepts – I understand that you could do a course for a week and still not cover everything, so this intro course was a good starting point. I was happy with the small group set up as this was great for interaction and discussion.”

“I really enjoyed doing the supermarket exercise, watching the role play and attempting to code. Also Krysia created a really nice learning environment where it was easy to ask any questions.”



EARLY BIRD: Booking deadline Friday 27 October 2017
  • £80 for half-day session
  • Book whole day (2 sessions) for £160 (lunch NOT included)
  • Book all 3 introductory sessions (6-7 December 2017) for £250 (accommodation not included)
STANDARD: Booking deadline Friday 3 November 2017
  • £100 for half-day session
  • Book whole day (2 sessions) for £200 (lunch NOT included)
  • Book all 3 introductory sessions (6-7 December 2017) for £310 (accommodation not included)



Crewe, Cheshire: (10 minute walk from mainline station)



To book please complete the form below.



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