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This Qualitative research into health professions education course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers you the full journey through the qualitative research process. The journey from research question to telling your story.

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This Qualitative research into health professions education course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  offers you the full journey through the qualitative research process. 

On the way, we consider all the essential phases: thinking about paradigms, formulating a research question, considering research designs, collecting data by preparing and holding an interview, coding and analysing the data, writing up results and presenting findings. 

The course mixes hands-on experiences with theory. We challenge students to try out every step of the journey, and will highlight all the choices available and necessary when doing a qualitative study.  

There is room for participants to apply it to their own research plans and discuss their doubts and questions.

Together, we will explore the complete journey of a qualitative research project, and reach a collaborative result at the end of the course.

In qualitative health professions education research, the experiences, opinions, behaviours, and feelings of patients, health professionals, medical educators, and students are the topic of interest. 

Qualitative research focuses on why students and teachers behave in certain ways and on how these behavioural and educational mechanisms work. 

As a qualitative researcher, your own experience and intuition play an important part in the research approach, which is reflected in the gathering and analysis of your data. However, when starting your qualitative research journey, you might be dazzled by the many options available to you. In this winter school, you learn more about conducting qualitative research, and we offer insight and experience in the possibilities of a few specific approaches.

Programme Structure

By the end of this course, students will be able to: 

  • explain what qualitative research is;
  • formulate a research question suitable for qualitative research;  
  • prepare, conduct and transcribe interviews;
  • code and analyse interview data; 
  • name techniques to enhance the reliability of data-gathering and analysis;
  •  list tips and tricks for writing down qualitative research in a clear and convincing way. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 5 days

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Open to Master, PhD candidates and professionals from all disciplines.
  • This course is aimed at novices in qualitative research. We invite students and scholars who are (planning on) doing qualitative research. We focus on (but are not limited to) research in the field of health professions education.
  • It is not necessary to provide us with proof of your English. We do expect your English to be sufficient to understand classes and course literature. This means you should have at least a B2 level of English, as developed within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR). This is comparable to a TOEFL internet test with a score of 92, or an IELTS score of 6.5.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    500 EUR/full
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    Based on the tuition of 500 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    500 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 500 EUR for the full programme during 5 days.
  • Students, PhD students and employees of VU Amsterdam, Amsterdam UMC or an Aurora Network Partner - €400 
  • Students and PhD students - €500 
  • Professionals - €700 


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