Creative Approaches to Qualitative Researching (bookings closed)


03/11/2016 - 04/11/2016

Organised by:

University of Manchester


Professor Sue Heath and Morgan Centre colleagues


Intermediate (some prior knowledge)


Claire Spencer, 0161 275 1980,


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Cathie Marsh Institute
Humanities Bridgeford Street
University of Manchester


As this course is expected to be very popular we are operating an application process. Details are below.

This intermediate level course offers a hands-on introduction to creative approaches to doing qualitative research. The various stages of research will be covered, from data collection and analysis through to writing with qualitative data. We begin by introducing what we mean by doing qualitative research creatively, before moving on to consider 'Facet methodology', an inventive orientation to researching the multidimensionality of everyday lives, which puts the researcher’s creativity and imagination at the heart of methodological practice. The course also explores some of the key practical and ethical issues in using creative methods. Participants will be given a practical and hands-on introduction to a range of creative qualitative methods, including various visual methods and mobile methods.  The course will also cover key principles in qualitative data analysis, and how these can be put into practice. Finally, we discuss practical and intellectual strategies for writing with qualitative data, and consider how it is possible to theorise, or write conceptually, with such data. The course includes several practical workshop exercises involving creating and analysing qualitative data, where participants will have the opportunity to work with their own data.


This course will:

  • Introduce students to creative methods both as an approach, and as a means of generating social science research data
  • Introduce students to a range of creative methods
  • Give students practical experience in the use of creative methods
  • Introduce students to analytical strategies appropriate to creative methods
  • Introduce students to strategies for writing with qualitative data


Course requirements

This is an intermediate course where participants will be expected to have a good understanding of the basic principles of qualitative methods and to have some experience of qualitative data collection and analysis. Ideally, participants would be in the position of having their own qualitative data to analyse. Participants will be invited to bring a small excerpt of their own qualitative data (eg text or pictures that can be brought in hard copy) for use in the participative workshop sections.


Applying for a place

Applications should be made by email to Claire Spencer by29 July 2016. Please include the following details in your application:

  • your name
  • your education
  • your research history (including current position and project)
  • a 200-word supporting statement describing how you would benefit from attending the course

Successful applicants will be notified by 1st September 2016.


This course is run by key staff from the Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives  Morgan Centre staff are leading practitioners of creative qualitative and mixed methods approaches.



£30 per day for UK/EU registered students
£60 per day for staff at UK/EU academic institutions, UK/EU Research Councils researchers, UK/EU public sector staff and staff at UK/EU registered charity organisations and recognised UK/EU research institutions.
£220 per day for all other participants.


North West


Descriptive Research, Mixed Methods, Qualitative sampling, Qualitative Interviewing, Writing Skills

Related publications and presentations:

Descriptive Research
Mixed Methods
Qualitative sampling
Qualitative Interviewing
Writing Skills

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