Research Methods in Healthcare

CPD, 5-6 days non-consecutive days

This is for you if... you want to learn about the principles and practice of qualitative and quantitative research.

Course Description

These two short courses are also modules within the MSc in Quality and Safety in Healthcare, the MRes in Applied Health Research and the MSc in Diabetes.

Qualitative Research Methods

This short course covers the principles of qualitative research, the different approaches to study design, data collection and analysis, and the debates and key issues relating to qualitative research. The course is taught by staff from the internationally renowned SAPPHIRE (Social Science APPlied to Healthcare Improvement REsearch) group here at the University of Leicester who use theory and qualitative methods to make healthcare as safe and effective as possible. 

You will gain a good grounding in the theory and application of qualitative methods, and develop key transferable skills in critical appraisal, analysis and communication of research findings.

Quantitative Research Methods

This short course covers the principles of quantitative research, the different approaches to study design, data collection and analysis, including experimental and observational designs, systematic review and meta-analysis and hands on use of SPSS for analysing data from research studies. The course is taught by a range of academic staff from the Department of Health Sciences, who are active quantitative researchers who bring their research expertise to the teaching room.

You will gain a good grounding in the design and analysis of studies using quantitative methods, and develop key transferable skills in critical appraisal, analysis and communication of research findings.

Key Facts
Start date
January and November
Department
Health Sciences
Contact

MResAHR@le.ac.uk

Department of Health Sciences website


Why Leicester?

Course Structure

Quantitative Research Methods

Quantitative Research Methods

On this five-day course you will consider the advantages and disadvantages of a range of quantitative methodologies. We will explore statistical methods using SPSS software, including descriptive, univariate and multivariate analyses. You will learn how to identify the appropriate statistical method to be used given a specific research question and how to interpret numerical evidence from research in a clear and appropriate scientific format.

Topics covered

  • Describing and presenting data
  • Having confidence in data
  • Analysing data using SPSS
  • Survey methods and questionnaire design
  • Observational research methods
  • Design and conduct of clinical trials
  • Introduction to health economics


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative Research Methods

On this six-day course you will examine the basic features of a range of qualitative methods and identify those commonly used. We will discuss good practice in the relation to the conduct of interviews and focus groups and explore how to prepare a prompt guide for an interview or focus group. You will learn how to plan a basic ethnographic study, and how to develop a coding frame and organise qualitative data using dedicated software. We will consider the criteria used in making judgement about the quality of published qualitative research and also discuss good ethical practice in qualitative research as well as approaches to qualitative research data management.

Topics covered

  • Epistemological and ontological assumptions underlying qualitative research methodologies
  • Identifying research questions for qualitative enquiry
  • Developing a critical and reflexive approach
  • Designing and planning a qualitative research project including consideration of ethical issues and research data management
  • Conducting interviews, focus groups and ethnographic observation
  • Approaches to the analysis of qualitative data (including open coding and the constant comparative method, discourse analysis and visual analysis)
  • Using qualitative analysis software
  • Critical appraisal of qualitative research papers
  • Communicating findings of qualitative research


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

Each course consists of five or six days of on-campus teaching in the form of lectures, seminars, group work, directed reading and case study analysis. Assessment includes written reports, group presentations and essays. Courses can be taken as attendance only.


Entry Requirements

Please confirm in your application that your experience and your professional development aims are both appropriate to the course(s) you are applying for.


English Language Requirements

IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum score of 6.5 in each element. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and Funding

  • Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £654.


  • Each of these courses is worth 15 credits and costs £1,590.


Career Opportunities

These courses are designed to help you in your existing work where that involves ensuring and promoting quality and safety in healthcare. They can also contribute to your career development by offering skills that are in acknowledged shortage in the health service, and which align with nationally recognised NHS criteria for promotion and job profiling.


Careers

Whether you're an employee looking to get ahead or an employer keen to develop the capabilities of your workforce, studying a short course with us will bring the resources of a leading University to your organisation.


Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Qualitative Research Methods CPD 6 non-consecutive days January each year

Please contact MResAHR@le.ac.uk for details.


Quantitative Research Methods CPD 5 non-consecutive days November each year

Please contact MResAHR@le.ac.uk for details.

Course
Qualitative Research Methods
Qualification
CPD
Duration
6 non-consecutive days
Start Dates
January each year
Availability

Please contact MResAHR@le.ac.uk for details.


Course
Quantitative Research Methods
Qualification
CPD
Duration
5 non-consecutive days
Start Dates
November each year
Availability

Please contact MResAHR@le.ac.uk for details.

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