MSc⁺ Courses

  • Date 
    November 01 - 12, 2021
    Application Deadline 
    October 1, 2021
Course fee
  • € 1450
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Critical Choices in Qualitative Research

“The fascinating thing about qualitative research is that there is always more to learn about it. Every project is a new creative challenge. It never gets boring.”

Dr. Janneke Frambach, Course Coordinator

The maximum amount of participants for the course is 25.

This course is free of charge for FHML PhD candidates. To register you will need your UM registration number (i.e. personnel number).

 

Programme information

Looking for a course that will help you getting started with your qualitative research project? Or are you feeling lost in data analysis or just in need of some critical reflection on your analysis? In this course we focus on essential moments of choice in the qualitative research process, such as selecting your research design and selecting your analytical strategy. These choices are inherently interconnected and will ultimately decide how you make sense of your data.

We have two main goals for this course. First, we aim to provide you with the necessary understandings and rationales that allow you as a researcher to be as intentional as possible about the selection of your research design, research methods and data analysis. Second, we offer practical skills and tools for qualitative data collection and analysis.

Your own project is the central theme guiding you through the course. Depending on where you are in your study, you will get hands-on with designing your study or analyzing and interpreting your data. Ample opportunities for peer exchange, peer review and consultations with course leaders will enable you to reflect on and shape your own work, as well as learn about the moments of choice involved in qualitative research more broadly. A variety of sessions on core concepts and practices in qualitative research are offered during the course, in which we encourage reflection on how these concepts relate to your own project.

Objectives

This course will get you started and/or further assist you in designing your study or analyzing your data. At the end of the course, you will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of the essential research choices involved in qualitative research and how these choices relate to each other;
  • Be aware of the purposes, advantages and challenges of different qualitative research methods and approaches and be able to make an informed choice between different approaches in light of your research project;
  • Understand rigour in qualitative research and how to apply this to your research project;
  • Have acquired critical skills for qualitative data collection and data analysis;
  • Be able to critically reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of your own and other qualitative research projects. 
Programme details

You will need to invest about four hours each day. About half of this time is reserved for preparing the online sessions, following a “flipped classroom” approach. We organize three types of online sessions:

  • Plenary sessions: These are online sessions with the whole group facilitated by one or more teachers. These sessions can be online discussion sessions, question hours or workshops. They are scheduled at fixed times selected to suit multiple time zones (between 2 pm – 5 pm CET).
  • Coach team sessions: In a small team, at the start, middle and end of the course, you will meet your coach to discuss your individual project.
  • Peer team sessions: In small groups, you will meet with other participants to discuss the topic of the day and related assignments. The assignments serve as input for the plenary sessions that are scheduled after the peer team sessions.
Student profile

This course is intended for PhD students and other researchers in health professions education and in the health professions more broadly, who are planning or conducting a qualitative research project, and wish to extend their knowledge and skills related to qualitative research. Prior experience with qualitative research is not a prerequisite, but we do expect participants to be familiar with the general aims and rationale of qualitative research and to have concrete plans to conduct qualitative research. The course is not intended for researchers with extensive knowledge and experience in qualitative research. Be prepared to bring your own work-in-progress to the course. This can range from a research idea to (part of) a dataset.

Staff

A multidisciplinary team of educationalists, social scientists and health professionals deliver the course. They have been involved in a wide range of qualitative research projects in health professions education and beyond, including global health and medicine. They will share their practical experiences in this course.

Principal Staff involved

  • Dr. Janneke Frambach (course coordinator)
  • Professor Anja Krumeich
  • Dr. Renée Stalmeijer
  • Professor Pim Teunissen
  • Dr. Nora Engel