This is an ISSR course and places are highly limited as Graduate School is paying the fee. If you are unable to attend, please de-register (or email graduateschool@uq.edu.au if you are unable to do so). An unexplained absence could result in all your future ISSR registrations becoming Waitlisted.

This course is intended for HDR students looking for a brief introduction into qualitative data collection. We will introduce common approaches, methods and data sources used in qualitative research, and highlight some practical and logistical considerations. The course is set up to encourage the discussion of participants’ experiences, and tailored to cover examples and research options from the social and behavioural sciences.

*Qualitative research designs
*Interviews and focus groups
*Selecting participants

About Research design

Your research degree requires the ability to apply "analytical and critical thinking skills to generate new knowledge, investigate problems and develop inventive solutions" (UQ HDR Graduate Attributes, 2017). This starts with determining the design of the research study through understanding and justifying the chosen methodologies and analytical methods. Building these skills during your research degree will equip you with the knowledge to apply them in a wide variety of contexts during your career.

The Graduate School has a range of sessions covering research methodolgy and methods delivered by esteemed providers such as ISSR.

Useful links

  1. National University of Singapore Quantitative and Qualitative Research for Beginners
  2. University of Endinburgh Introduction to Social Research Methods
  3. Ural Federal University Scientific Methods and Research
  4. MIT's Qualitative Research Methods: Data coding and analysis
  5. UQ's Introduction to Psychological Research Methods