Postgraduate Certificate Blended

Qualitative Health Research Methods

University of Oxford

12 months
7125 GBP/year
7125 GBP/year
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The PGCert in Qualitative Health Research Methods from the University of Oxford will inspire excellence by equipping students with the skills they need to become future leaders in qualitative health research, particularly in designing, conducting and critically appraising qualitative research.


About this course

This Qualitative Health Research Methods course from University of Oxford will suit novices to qualitative research and those who have some experience, but want to hone their skills. It is designed to suit busy professionals and full-time students alike.

The flexible structure of the course has been devised to fit with the structure of specialist training and to accommodate student choice. Through face-to-face and online sessions, students will develop excellence in the design, conduct and critical appraisal of qualitative research.

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

  • independently develop, design and conduct primary qualitative research, confidently adopting a flexible approach as per the philosophical underpinnings of this mode of naturalistic inquiry;
  • critically reflect on their role (and the role of the research team) in the research process, appreciating the consequences this has on the research they conduct, whilst endeavouring to mitigate its impact;
  • critically engage with all aspects of qualitative research, including various methodological approaches and quality appraisal; and
  • critically engage with theory and wider debate in qualitative research (including on elements associated with rigour, such as critical appraisal).

Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Qualitative Health Research Methods is a part-time course. The course comprises three modules:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods; and
  • Mixed Methods in Health Research.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following UK qualifications:

  • a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours. A social science degree is recommended but any subject will be considered. 
  • Successful completion of a professional training course or professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field may also be considered.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.6 out of 4.0.
  • If your degree is not from the UK or another country specified above, visit our International Qualifications page for guidance on the qualifications and grades that would usually be considered to meet the University’s minimum entry requirements.

Tuition Fee

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    7125 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 7125 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7125 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7125 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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