Qualitative research methods for HTA

Qualitative research methods for HTA

This course aims to expose students to the application of qualitative methods in conceptual modelling, informing trial design, contexts and measures, and how it can be used to maximise the impact. The course will provide students with an opportunity to collect and analyse some qualitative data.

If you would like to find out more about our MSc in Health Technology Assessment which this module is a part of, please see our course page: www.gla.ac.uk/hta

Key facts

  • Course dates: 4th November - 6th December 2019.
  • Online Distance Learning (ODL)
  • Non-accredited, but with a certificate of attendance
  • For more info contact: ihw-hehta@glasgow.ac.uk


Purpose: This course will enable students to explore the purpose and appropriate use of qualitative research methods in HTA, by focusing on stakeholder perspectives.
Content: The course introduces basic orientations and epistemological research paradigms and related methodologies (including ethnography, action research and qualitative evidence synthesis), as well as methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data.
Course Co-ordinator: Evi Germeni

Why this programme?

  • Our faculty are world-class experts in their fields, who are active not only in research and teaching, but also involved in HTA decision-making at a national level (e.g. through NICE, SHTAG).
  • Our teaching is research-led. The courses have been developed to reflect the latest academic research and up-to-date challenges in HTA decision-making.
  • During the course, from week to week you will interact with your teachers and fellow participants. Your teachers will direct and observe the discussion, and respond to participant questions about the course content.


Online distance learning at the University of Glasgow allows you to benefit from the outstanding educational experience that we are renowned for -without having to relocate to our campus.
You do not need to have experience of studying online as you will be guided through how to access and use all of our online resources.

Virtual learning

You will connect with your fellow participants and tutors through our virtual learning environment where you will have access to a multitude of learning resources including:

  • recorded lectures
  • videos
  • interactive quizzes

Great emphasis is placed on making sure you feel well supported in your learning and that you have good interactions with everyone on the programme.  Support is available in a number of ways and you will find out more about this during orientation.

All you need to participate in our online programmes is a computer and internet access. 

Programme structure

Five week online course comprising 5 lectures and accompanying practical exercises. The lectures will be 45min/1hr in duration and exercises associated with lectures will take a notional 2 hours for the participants to complete. Each week the academic lead will be responsible for monitoring and contributing to the discussion board. The exercise solutions will be posted on moodle the following week.  

Here you can find full details of the Qualitative research methods course.

Registration and Fees

Fees are:

£330 for lower-middle-income countries (LMICs)

£350 for public/academic sector delegates and

£550 for commercial/private sector.

You can register for this course by emailing ihw-hehta@gla.ac.uk

In exceptional circumstances, we can invoice your institution for payment.

Entry Requirements and Assessment

As this course is not accredited, there are no course-specific entry requirements and there is no assessment.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or if you would like any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at ihw-hehta@glasgow.ac.uk

If you would like to find out more information about our unit, please see here: www.gla.ac.uk/hehta

If you would like to see more about our MSc in Health Technology Assessment that this module is a part of, please see our course page: www.gla.ac.uk/hta