MSc⁺ Courses

  • Date 
    October 29 - 02, 2018
    Application Deadline 
    September 30, 2018
Course fee
  • € 1400
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Critical Choices in Qualitative Research

Registration for the 2018 course is closed

“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

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, in particular 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 one week 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 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 individual 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 week, in which we encourage reflection on how these concepts relate to your own project.


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

This course is intended for PhD students and other researchers in health professions education who are planning or conducting a qualitative research project, and wish to extend their knowledge and skills related to qualitative research design and/or data analysis. 

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.


The course is delivered by a team of educationalists with additional degrees in the social sciences and medicine. They have been involved in a wide range of qualitative research projects in health professions education and beyond, and will share their practical experiences in this course.

Programme details

In the mornings we offer a variety of theoretical, practical and interactive sessions on core concepts and practices in qualitative research. These serve as input for hands-on sessions in the afternoon. You will have plenty of opportunity to work on your project and discuss your questions and difficulties with the course facilitators and fellow participants.

Principal Staff involved

  • Dr. Janneke Frambach (course coordinator)
  • Professor Anja Krumeich
  • Dr. Renée Stalmeijer