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Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care Summer Course, 21-25 August 2017, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Publish Date: Apr 12, 2017

Deadline: Jun 01, 2017

Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care: a basic course

QUALUA (Qualitative Research in Health Care) of the University of Antwerp organises the 22nd edition of the Summer School on Qualitative Research Methods in Health Care.

This basic course teaches the participants in five days how to start from a research question, conducting a qualitative research and progress to writing a scientific paper in qualitative research. This international summer school takes place from 21 to 25 August 2017 at the University of Antwerp, city campus.

Content description

Experienced qualitative researchers of international repute will lead the course and share their experience. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences of research, including their questions, doubts and failures.

These are the lectures and workshops in brief:

  • Qualitative inquiry: a different paradigm
  • Setting up a qualitative research project + workshop
  • Reflect on own research projects in individual consultations
  • Data-collection techniques (interviews, focus group discussions and observations) + workshops
  • Analyzing qualitative data + workshop
  • Appraising the quality of a qualitative research project
  • Reporting the results from a qualitative research project
  • Qualitative data analysis using NVivo software 

This year, we welcome an international guest (to be confirmed) for a lecture and workshop on meta-synthesis (to be confirmed).

Target group

The summer school is open to early career researchers, PhD-students, Master students (max 5) and professionals in a field related to health care. Experience in qualitative research is not required.

We assess your experiences with qualitative research in the application and based on this assessment, we accept maximum 36 participants in our summer school. The summer school primarily targets people with no or minimal experience in qualitative research methods.

Study credits

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the base of preparatory readings, 100 % (active) participation during the course and the successful completion of an assignment. The student needs to be able to assess the quality of a qualitative research paper using the tools that were offered in the course. The completion of the task is only mandatory for participants who want to achieve the ECTS study credits.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to all participants at the end of the program. The certificate of completion replaces the certificate of attendance.

Social Programme

Next to the intensive courses, several fun and interesting social activities will be organised by ASU (Antwerp Summer University) in order to maximize the interaction between participants of all summer schools (including the summer school on Qualitative Research Methods). During evenings and weekends, a wide variety of events will be arranged so participants can fully enjoy their stay in Antwerp.

Participants will not only have the opportunity to get to know their fellow class-mates and staff in a more informal way, but will also be able to get in touch with peers attending other summer schools at the Antwerp Summer University. Some examples of these activities are a visit to the beautiful city hall, a reception, a guided city walk, a quiz, a football game or a day-trip to another Belgian city such as Bruges or Brussels.

ASU offers a wide variety of social activities in which you are free to participate. When you enrol in the summer school on Qualitative Research Methods, the enrolment fee includes a visit to the Antwerp city hall (on Wednesday 23 August) and the social diner (on Thursday 24 August). Confirmation of your attendance is required for these two activities.

Application procedure in 4 steps

  1. Register in Mobility Online
  2. Fill in personal details and complete some extra questions
  3. Wait for approval of your application
  4. Pay the participation fee and upload some extra documents within 10 days after approval to secure your spot

Applications can be submitted by filling in the online registration form via Mobility Online. After having registered, you will automatically receive an email with further guidelines to complete your application.

The application deadline is 1 June.

Upon successful submission you will receive an automatic reply to confirm your application. Applicants will  be informed about their applications within 3 weeks after application. In case your application is accepted, you will receive an email with more practical information on payment and visa.  Note that your subscription is only valid when the participation fee is received by the summer school’s secretariat.

Accepted students will be registered as regular students of the University of Antwerp and will hence receive a student account and a student card with which they will have access to the catering facilities and to the Wi-Fi network of the University of Antwerp. Furthermore, accepted students will be automatically insured under the policy of the University of Antwerp.  

Registration fee

Before 1 June: € 940
After 1 June: € 1000
Master students: € 640 (maximum 5 students)

Fee includes refreshments during the course, coffee breaks and warm lunches, 1 year NVivo license, an international guest lecture, course material, support from a team of professional teachers with international reputation and social activities (including welcome reception and social diner in a high quality restaurant). The fee does not include housing or travel costs.

Enrolment fee needs to be paid 10 days after acceptance.


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