Realities Centre Training Workshop: Analysing Qualitative Data

Date: Thursday 11 November 2010

Location: Board Room, Arthur Lewis Building, University of Manchester (Directions)

Workshop organiser: Jennifer Mason and Brian Heaphy (Morgan Centre, University of Manchester)

Workshop Summary: This course will cover key principles in qualitative data analysis.  It will examine how qualitative data can be managed, interpreted, analysed and used to build and substantiate convincing arguments.  The course will involve presentations from the tutors, and a participative workshop where participants will be encouraged to draw on their own research experience and examples, and/or to engage with practical examples provided by the tutors.

The focus throughout will be on principles of qualitative analysis, and how these can be put into practice. The course will involve some practical engagement with qualitative data. Although the course will address the use of qualitative analysis software packages, it will not involve hands-on or technical training in their use, and it will be conducted in a seminar room, not a PC cluster.

The course is ‘intermediate’ level, and is designed for people who have experience of generating qualitative data, but who have less experience of analysing them. Ideally, participants would be in or near the position of having their own qualitative data to analyse.

Participants will be invited to bring a small excerpt of their own qualitative data (eg text or pictures that can be brought in hard copy) for use in the participative workshop section of the day.


Standard NCRM fees apply:

  • £60 – staff of academic or not-for-profit organisations
  • £30 – student/unwaged
  • £220 – other

How to apply for a place

Due to the practical workshop style of this course, places are strictly limited and we are asking people to apply for a place by filling in our application form:

Analysing Qualitative data workshop application

Applications should include a brief statement (250 words maximum) outlining why it would be particularly useful for you to participate in this course at this stage in your research; stating your research topic and methods.

Remember to save your changes when you have filled in the form!

Send your completed form to

The deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 19 October 2010. We will contact successful applicants during the week commencing 25 October 2010 to arrange payment of course fees.


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