Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods and How to Read a Journal Paper (Qualitative & Quantitative)

Qualitative Research Methods will cover a wide range of methods including Qualitative Interviewing incl. Peer Interviews, Focus Groups, Ethnography, Thematic Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Grounded Theory, Reflexivity, as well as publishing and presenting qualitative research. Epistemological debates surrounding the use of qualitative methods will also be explored.

Quantitative Research Methods will cover the most commonly used descriptive statistics including
mean, median, mode, percentile, range, variance, standard deviation, normal distribution, sampling distributions, sampling and standard error, variance, bias, levels of measurement, confidence intervals, methods of sample selection. The course will include an introduction to PASW. Hypotheses testing, statistical power, scatter plots, T-tests, ANOVA, Chi-square, correlation & choosing the right statistical test will also be covered.

How to Read a Journal Paper:

Selected journal papers using a range of methodology will be discussed. This is an interactive session based on the CASP research appraisal tools.

Provisional timetable

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 
16:30 Workshop ends


This course is intended for psychologists who need an introduction to, or a refresher of, research methodology. The course can be delivered to suit a particular branch of psychology, or for a wider audience of psychology professionals.

A journal will be circulated in advance for participants to read.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • A greater understanding of qualitative methodology and the epistemological debates surrounding
  • qualitative research.
  • A greater understanding of quantitative methodology and statistics.
  • To be able choose the most appropriate methodology to one’s research question.
  • To be able to confidently appraise the quality of journal publications.
  • To be able to discern which research findings should be applied to clinical practice.

Facilitators: Dr Peter Schofield and Maria Kordowicz MBPsS

Peter is a Senior Research Fellow and Statistical advisor for the British Journal of General Practitioners. He has a particular interest in addressing both physical and mental health inequalities, through the use of routinely collected primary care data to audit and improve the quality of healthcare services. Peter is an engaging speaker, delivering a range of health service research seminars to healthcare professionals.

After four years of freelance practice as a healthcare management consultant, Maria is the founder and director of a successful healthcare management and training company, Akord People Limited. Maria is a trainer for the healthcare sector. Maria brings ten years of experience of working in healthcare to Akord People, spanning a broad range of settings and service providers. She holds degrees in Psychology, Mental Health Studies and Public Policy & Management and is currently studying towards a King’s College London doctorate exploring general practice organisational performance. Maria is also a published academic author and qualitative researcher.

Booking information


Non-Society Member: £90 (£75 + VAT)
Society Member: £60 (£50 + VAT)
DCP Member: £30 (£25 + VAT)

From 1 January 2013:

Non-Society Member: £93 (£77.75 + VAT)
Society Member: £63 (£52.50 + VAT)
DCP Member: £31 (£25.83 + VAT)

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

Wed, 17/07/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Clinical Psychology & BPS Learning Centre