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Interviewing (Qualitative data collection)

Interviewing (Qualitative data collection)
This course has been postponed. Semi-structured and in-depth interviewing techniques.


As a qualitative method, interviewing can generate wonderfully rich and nuanced data, but it requires considerable social, listening and questioning skills. This one-day course is designed to help participants become aware of and practise some of the techniques involved. As well as a grounding in the principles of semi-structured and in-depth interviewing, participants will gain hands-on experience of conducting interviews, acting as an interviewee, and giving and receiving detailed feedback. Some knowledge of qualitative research or attendance on the design day is advisable.




During the course we will cover:

  • theories of interviewing
  • when to use this method
  • different kinds of interview and degrees of structure
  • questioning and probing skills (how to criticise and improve on these)
  • practical issues involved in setting up interviews
  • interviewing different kinds of participant
  • recording and transcription


Course tutor


Dr Line Nyhagen is a Reader (Associate Professor) of Sociology at Loughborough University. She has researched a broad range of social science topics for over twenty years, using qualitative interviewing, focus groups and survey questionnaires. Having conducted research in multiple contexts, including various countries and different social groups, she is particularly attuned to the importance of designing research in ways that responds to the needs of specific contexts - be they organisations, groups or individuals. She is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College (since 2015), and from 2007 to 2012 she was a member of the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Commissioning Panel. Line has taught research methods in higher education contexts for more than ten years. In 2018 she was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Loughborough University, and in 2016 she won the Loughborough University’s Research-Informed Teaching Award, presented by the Vice-Chancellor. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


  This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme

1/30/2021 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
GMT Standard Time
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