Date and Time
20th Apr 2016 10:00 –– 20th Apr 2016 16:00
The Spark training centre, Glasgow city centre

Training Outline 

This training is intended for doctoral students who would like to develop their thinking and skills in using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The training will take participants from the philosophical underpinning of IPA which informs the approach to the research, through the research design and data collection process, concluding with how IPA results might be presented and written up in a thesis. A variety of training formats will be used including small group exercises and practical skills development, to increase participants’ confidence when using this approach. There will be lots of time to ask questions about individual research projects and opportunities to gain experience and support from peers, with the intention of building ongoing support networks.


Part 1: Planning and executing an IPA project in the social sciences: A focus on conducting IPA interviews 

The first day of the training, 20 April 2016, will focus on outlining the philosophical underpinnings of IPA and situating it within the wider field of qualitative research. Consideration will be given to the types of research questions which IPA can help answer and implications for the design of the study. This will include a consideration of participant selection and data collection, particularly focusing on interview design and skills. There will be a focus on skills development, undertaken in a small group setting, to support effective interviewing and the generation of data suitable for analysis with IPA.  

The event starts at 10.00 and ends at 16.00. 


Part 2: Data analysis and validity in IPA projects

The second day of training, 23 June 2016, will focus on the key concepts and procedures required when using IPA in research projects. This will include the main approaches to analysis, as developed by Smith, Flowers and Larkin (2009), and will include practical exercises to develop skills. This will include using data transcripts to work through the various stages of analysis from initial coding to superordinate theme generation, and consideration of how IPA results might be presented in theses and publications. There will also be a focus on validity and quality assessment within IPA. 

The event on 23 June will require separate booking, and can only be attended by those who completed Part 1 (or equivalent). Further instructions for how to sign up for Part 2 can be found in the confirmation email when you book onto Part 1, so please ensure that you enter a valid email address. 


Please note that participants at this course will need to organise their own lunch and refreshments. Breaks are longer to allow for this. 

The event will take place in at The Spark training facilities on Waterloo Street in central Glasgow. 

Please note that we have a limited number of places on this course and expect that registered attendees who find themselves unable to attend will notify us as soon as possible to allow us to backfill places. No-shows at training courses is a major problem as it restricts the access to potentially essential training for other students. 

Organisational details

To book a place on the course, please go to eventbrite

The organiser of this event is Kirsty Darwent; further questions can be directed to her at (please note: Kirsty does not accept registrations by email). 

Students matriculated at Scottish Universities (apart from those matriculated at institutions in the hosting city, Glasgow) who do not have pre-existing sources of funding for travel can apply for travel and accommodation expenses to be reimbursed after the event.  

Last updated 19 Feb 2016 10:56am