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King's College London

Qualitative Research Methods for Mental Health in War and Conflict

King's College London and Birzeit University via FutureLearn


Learn about the effects of conflict on people’s mental health

There is a prevalence of ill mental health due to conflict and war-affected populations worldwide. Yet, we lack locally relevant and reliable mental health information as research capacity and resources are insufficient.

This four-week course will expose you to various research methodologies, skills and resources.

You will develop the qualitative research skills needed to explore these intersections and design your own research project.

What’s more, you will explore relevant case studies which focus on the particularly vulnerable. With this knowledge, you will learn about the ethical challenges you could face when conducting research with war-affected populations and learn how to adapt different research methods to these communities.

Receive qualitative research method training to strengthen your skills

You will receive training on qualitative research methods that include topics such as project development, sampling techniques, various data collection methods, dissemination, coding and analysis.

This will equip you to conduct qualitative research using different methods suited to your subject matter. Your knowledge will also assist you in collecting and disseminating your findings successfully.

Develop a research project using qualitative methods and strategies

Your learning will culminate in the designing of a research project. You will need to apply a range of qualitative methods and strategies focusing on mental health in contexts of war and conflict.

You will be guided by the mental health research experts at King’s College London and Birzeit University who will enable you to develop your project successfully and equip you with transferable research skills.

This course is designed for those working in the field of mental health and psychosocial support.

It will be particularly helpful for mental health and psychosocial researchers and practitioners working in different parts of the world which are affected by war and conflict.


  • Research Methods for Mental Health in War and Conflict: An Overview
    • Welcome to week 1!
    • Introduction, Housekeeping and Survey
    • Introduction to Mental Health in War and Conflict
    • Ethical Concerns Related to Researching Vulnerable Populations
    • The Process of Qualitative Research
    • Test: Week 1
  • Research Project Development
    • Welcome to week 2!
    • Qualitative Research Design
    • Research Topics
    • Research Questions
    • Sampling
    • Test: Week 2
  • Qualitative Data Collection
    • Welcome to week 3!
    • Observations
    • Semi-Structured Interviews
    • Focus Group Discussions
    • Test: Week 3
  • Qualitative Data Analysis and Presentation of Research Findings
    • Welcome to week 4!
    • Coding
    • Analysis
    • Communicating and Disseminating Research
    • Infographics
    • Test: Week 4
    • Survey and Evaluation

Taught by

Hanna Kienzler


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