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Gain an introduction to qualitative health research.

Broaden your base of health research skills as you explore new ways of understanding the reality of people’s experiences with healthcare. Learn why, when and how to use qualitative methods in your own research work.

You can study this part-time short course online or on campus.

You’ll work with highly experienced researchers from our award-winning Health Services Research Unit to consider qualitative research methods in a health context.

The credits you earn on this course can be used towards several of our Masters degrees.

What will I study?

Qualitative research seeks to understand the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of phenomena or human behaviours.

Qualitative researchers use a variety of methods to develop deeper understanding of how people perceive their social realities and, in consequence, how they act within the social world.

This course will introduce you to these qualitative approaches. More than just studying these methods, you’ll gain hands-on experience, engaging in qualitative research yourself.

You’ll study the full research process:

  • Planning to conduct relevant research.
  • Choosing the right methods to generate, handle and analyse qualitative data.
  • Communicating your findings to the public, the media and academics.
  • Focusing on issues of rigour, quality and ethics.

You’ll leave the course equipped to carry out your own successful qualitative research studies in future.

By the end of this course, you’ll understand…

  • The range of qualitative data collection methods used within applied health research.
  • How to articulate and justify the relevance of qualitative approaches within health research.
  • How to critically evaluate appropriate qualitative research methods.
  • How to plan and conduct effective, rigorous and ethical qualitative research.

Why study Qualitative Health Research with Aberdeen?

How will I study?

Your teaching team

Where will this take me?

Further learning

We offer a wide range of specialist Health short courses. They can be used to build up credits towards higher qualifications, including related Masters degrees.

Looking to study a full degree?


If you’re considering a career in academic research, this course will help you get there.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to them to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This online course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a relevant 2:2 (second-class) degree
  • or relevant experience that supports this level of study.

You don’t have to have any previous knowledge of qualitative research, but you should have an interest in public health issues.

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Start date
28 September 2020