Hermeneutic Phenomenology Course & Symposium

Health and Social Care Building
Event Starts: Time:9:30 AM
Event Ends: Time:4:30 PM
Location: Room H230, Health and Social Care Building, Garthdee Campus

Join us for the 2018 five day methodology and symposium in hermeneutic phenomenology

We are delighted to invite you to this joint venture between the University of Central Lancashire and Robert Gordon University. We hope that you can join us and take part in a hermeneutic phenomenology methodology course.

The course is aimed at postgraduate research students, researchers and academics working within health and social care areas who are new/novices in this theoretical and methodological approach.

During the course, participants will receive an introduction to, and beginning experience in, designing hermeneutic phenomenology studies, collecting and analysing data, and reporting themes, qualities and patterns.

Learning outcomes for the course

  • Appreciation of the background into the philosophicalunderpinnings of hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Gain insights into key philosophical notions described bykey philosophers (Heidegger, Gadamer, etc.) and how these can be applied within health and social care research
  • How to design and conduct hermeneutic phenomenology research
  • How to collect data for hermeneutic phenomenology (e.g. interviews)
  • How to analyse, interpret, and report data (theses/dissertations and publications) in a way that is congruent with this methodology

The sessions will run from 9.30am-4.30pm each day and will involve presentations and small and large group activities (and feedback sessions). In order to encourage participants to share and discuss their ideas, delegates will have an opportunity to present their research ideas or early insights for informal peer feedback.

The first four days (Monday to Thursday) will focus on ‘how to do’ a hermeneutic phenomenological study. On Friday 27th April a symposium will be held whereby experienced researchers who have used a hermeneutic phenomenological approach will demonstrate how philosophical concepts can be applied to illuminate meaning within health and social care related research projects. This event will also include a panel discussion, providing opportunities for further questioning and elaboration.

Registration and Payment

The five day course and symposium costs £475, including refreshments (tea and coffee), a parking permit to park on the University car parks, a delegate pack and lunch will be provided on each day of the course 23 to 26 April and the day of the symposium 27 April.

There are a limited number of places on the course, and registration should be made by 28 February 2018.

Register and pay online for the Hermeneutic Phenomenology Course & Symposium

There will be a workshop dinner on Thursday 26 April at an additional cost of £30. The symposium day can be attended as a standalone event. All of these options are available on the online registration form.

Full details of the event and campus location, along with local travel and accommodation information will be emailed to you prior to the event. 

Key facilitators


For queries contact: Heather Nicolson by email or phone +44 (0)1224 262651.