Writing a Qualitative Paper

An online short course (March & June 2022)

In-person short course (internal only) July 2022

This course provides the practical tools and knowledge needed to write up qualitative research studies for publication. The focus will be on writing for publication in clinical journals, but many of the topics discussed will apply equally to writing qualitative research for any type of journal. The course will be a mixture of interactive lecture and workshop formats.

 Course dates Due to demand this standalone course will run three times:

11 March 2022
13 June 2022
6 July 2022*

*Please note the July run of this course is open to internal University of Bristol staff and students only.
Course fee £220
Course structure Taught over 1 full day.
Course Organisers Professor Rachael Gooberman-Hill

Prerequisites

Please ensure you meet the following prerequisites before booking:

Knowledge This course is only suitable for researchers who have already completed or are well underway with their qualitative data collection and analysis. If you are not yet at that stage please consider booking onto a later course. 
Preparation In advance of the course please identify one or two published articles that you think are good examples of the kinds of qualitative writing that you aspire to. 

Course format

In March and June this 1-day course will run online via Blackboard Collaborate. 

In July this 1-day course will take place in person for internal staff and students of the University of Bristol only.

Course objectives

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  1. understand the structure of a qualitative article;
  2. identify your key message/s and target journals;
  3. identify elements that are needed to construct the sections of a well-structured manuscript (your abstract, introduction, methods, findings/results and discussion);
  4. have a better understanding of how to present qualitative findings (results) clearly and within a tight word count;
  5. have identified some strategies to help you write.

Who the course is intended for

The course is suitable for people who have already completed or are well underway with their qualitative data collection and analysis. If you are not yet at that stage please consider booking onto a later course. 

Course outline

The course will cover the following:

  • understanding the structure of a qualitative article;
  • identifying key messages and target journals;
  • key elements of writing a Methods section;
  • presenting qualitative research findings within a tight word count limit;
  • writing an engaging Introduction;
  • writing a good Discussion;
  • some things to consider when writing an abstract;
  • writing with clarity for a chosen audience;
  • submitting to a journal;
  • going through the peer review process.

Please note that the July run of this course is open to invited UoB staff and students only.  If you are unsure whether you are eligible to attend please contact us.

Bookings for this course have now closed.

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Rachael was an excellent presenter and facilitator. Good balance of information-giving and interactivity. The single best presenter I've seen on any PHS short course - clear, engaging, structured, approachable.

Course feedback, March 2022

inspiring group of people and teacher - clear approach to tackling qualitative research. Really good tips on staying motivated.

Course feedback, March 2022
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