Working with qualitative data from the Internet

This interactive one day course will provide attendees with an overview of the key stages involved in planning, undertaking and reporting online qualitative research. The course will include examples of different types of data collection and analysis techniques as well as considering ethical and practical issues in online qualitative research.


09:00 Registration

09:30 Workshop starts

16:30 Workshop ends


The day will begin by considering the advantages and disadvantages of online versus offline qualitative research and will discuss important decisions essential in the planning of online qualitative projects (e.g. text-based vs. multi-media, synchronous vs. asynchronous). Different platforms available to researchers will be explored before considering issues relevant to the data collection phase in qualitative research. Ideas and suggestions for recruitment will be shared as well as how to moderate online discussions when conducting research. The day will include a detailed discussion of various types of data collection options (e.g. online interviews, focus groups, discussion forum analysis) as well as analysis (e.g. discussion forums) and reporting of research findings. The day provides opportunities to engage in debate around key issues and tensions in the field (e.g. ethics).

Learning outcomes and objectives

At the end of the day, attendees should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the stages involved in planning and undertaking online qualitative research.
  • Compare and contrast different types of online data collection
  • Compare and contrast different types of qualitative data analysis, relevant to the online context
  • Discuss ethical issues arising from online qualitative research.


Dr Neil Coulson is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Health Psychologist and has been working with online qualitative data for many years. His particular focus is on the role of social networking and participation in online communities and has published many papers on this topic. In addition, he has an interest in the ethical issues surrounding qualitative research using the Internet.

Booking Information 

  • DHP member: £69 + VAT
  • BPS member: £82 + VAT
  • Non-BPS member: £105 + VAT

How to book


BPS London Offices, 30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4UE

Mon, 07/11/2011 (All day)
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel:+44(0)116 252 9916

BPS Learning Centre, Division of Health Psychology