Understanding Qualitative Methods and Analysis

The day will cover an introduction to qualitative research methodologies generally and provide an overview of some specific qualitative approaches (for example, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Grounded Theory, Thematic Analysis, Discourse Analysis). We will look at the defining features of these approaches, their aims and approaches to analysis. The session will also include an introduction to completing qualitative analysis, involving practical work doing qualitative analysis and utilising worked examples. The session will include discussions of some of the pragmatics and practicalities of conducting qualitative research and analysis. 

"I found that the trainer made the concept of qualitative research accessible. I entered with little knowledge and confidence in conducting the type of research and left with a clear understanding of how to proceed." - 2011 delegate.

Provisional timetable
09:30 Registration/tea and coffee 
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch) 
16:30 Workshop ends


This workshop is aimed at those needing a refresher or introduction to key features of qualitative research and some specific qualitative approaches. For those wanted some guided ‘hands-on’ practice at analysing qualitative data.  

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Grasp key features of qualitative methodologies
  • Understand key principles of selected qualitative approaches
  • Understand what doing a qualitative analysis generally entails 
  • Understand some of the requirements and processes involved in doing different qualitative analyses 
  • Understand some of the practicalities of conducting qualitative research and analysis
  • Be able to think critically and reflexivity about qualitative analysis 

Facilitator: Dr Kate Nicholls MBPsS 

Dr Nicholls regularly delivers research methods training and supervision as part of her work on a variety of Cert HE, Undergraduate and Post-graduate courses. She now primarily works at Birkbeck, University of London, but has delivered teaching and training for a variety of academic institutions. She has been running research methods CPD workshops for trainee/research active Forensic Psychologists since 2007. 

Booking information 


  • Non members £90 (£75 + VAT) 
  • Society members £60 (£50 + VAT)
  • DFP/QMiP members £30 (£25+ VAT)

From 1st January 2013:

  • Non members £95 (£77.50 + VAT)
  • Society members £63 (£51.67 + VAT)
  • DFP/QMiP members £33 (£25.83 + VAT)

How to book: 

Registration closes at 12:00 on 3 April 2013. 
Please note this event is now fully booked
Fri, 05/04/2013 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre 

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925


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