Qualitative Research Foundations


Start date

12 February

Time commitment

60 hours

Workshops: 24 hours (2 weekends, 6 hours per day)

Online material: 36 hours (6 hours per week)


12 & 13 February: 9–4 pm

26 & 27 March: 9–4 pm


Online workshops – 2 weekends

Self-paced interaction with online content provided over 6 weeks



Enrolments close

9 February

There is growing recognition of the value of holistically understanding the lived experiences, perceptions and behaviours of citizens, community members, clients, patients and students and of interacting with these people using participatory and co-creative approaches. However, professionals often don’t know how to accomplish both. Qualitative research offers a powerful means to achieve this.

This short course will open the door to qualitative research. It will transform how you see the world, yourself and your relationship with the world, humans and nature. This knowledge will allow you to not only transform your life but to make the difference you seek more powerfully by starting to unravel the:

  • Origins of the universe, and nature of reality and knowledge.
  • Research questions that are worth asking and inquiring into.
  • Diverse scientific processes of establishing answers to these questions via diverse methodologies and methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data.
  • Value of qualitative analysis software.
  • Mixed methods and research with Indigenous peoples and communities.
  • Diverse methods of representing the co-created knowledge in ways that are easily accessible and persuasive, facilitating knowledge transferable to people.

In this short course we are asking the big questions that matter and are urgently needed to address the global existential crisis, utilising the transformative potential this crisis presents.

Career potential

Increasingly more businesses, governments and Non-Government Organisations alike across sectors are realising the immense value of qualitative research but lack the knowledge and experience to design, conduct and evaluate qualitative research. This short course addresses this gap by being delivered in a format that is accessible to and manageable by professionals working in diverse professions.

Who should apply for this course

This short course is of great value and suitable for professionals working in the public and private sector, especially:

  • Researchers and graduate students
  • Public servants
  • Non-Government Organisation employees
  • Health professionals – physical and mental
  • Teachers and educators
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Marketing specialists.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the value and influence of philosophical paradigms.
  • Understand the diverse qualitative research elements and how they interact.
  • Know how to design, conduct and evaluate qualitative research projects that are suitable for accomplishing the research aims and answering the research questions.
  • Select and use suitable qualitative data analysis software packages.
  • Understand the specific ethical aspects of qualitative research.
  • Critically reflect on qualitative research practice.

Course structure

Module 1

Welcome to the world of qualitative research

  • Introduction to the course and each other
  • What is qualitative research?
  • Why is qualitative research urgently needed?
Module 2

Philosophical paradigms

  • What are philosophical paradigms and why are they important?
  • How do philosophical paradigms influence research?
Module 3

Qualitative research design

  • What are the diverse qualitative research design elements?
  • How are they connected?
Module 4

Qualitative research methodologies

  • What are research methodologies?
  • What diverse methodologies exist and for what type of research are they suitable?
Module 5

Sampling & accessing the field

  • What kind of participants, situations or locations are most suitable and how to find them?
  • How to attract participants and access them?
Module 6

Qualitative data collection methods

  • What types of data can be collected?
  • What diverse data collection methods exist?
  • How to select the most appropriate data collection method
Module 7

Qualitative data analysis methods

  • What diverse data analysis methods exist?
  • How to select the most appropriate data analysis method
Module 8

Qualitative data analysis software & quality criteria

  • How do qualitative data analysis software packages assist in making analysis more efficient and more rigorous?
  • How is the quality of qualitative research assessed?
Module 9

Writing up & representing qualitative findings

  • How can the vast and complex findings be written up?
  • How else can qualitative findings be represented?
  • How can participants be involved?
Module 10

Mixed & multiple methods

  • How can qualitative and quantitative research be combined?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What needs to be considered?
Module 11

Research with Indigenous peoples & communities

  • How does research with Indigenous peoples and communities differ?
  • What needs to be considered when conducting research with Indigenous peoples and communities?
Module 12

Ethical considerations & the future trends

  • What ethical aspects need to be considered in qualitative research?
  • What are the key future trends in qualitative research?
  • Reflections


I found this course to be very informative and the convenor knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and inclusive. The most profound learning I had is that all research is based on philosophical paradigms, the fundamental beliefs about the nature of reality and knowledge. I highly recommend, particularly for anyone wanting to pursue research.

- Jennifer Hutchinson

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