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‘To put oneself on a journey, to experience, means to learn’ (Heidegger 1971, p. 143).

Join us for the 2017 four day methodology course in hermeneutic phenomenology

Monday 3rd– Thursday 6th, April 2017
University of Central Lancashire, Preston

We are delighted to invite you to take part in a hermeneutic phenomenology methodology course. The course is aimed at post-graduate research students, researchers and academics working within health and social care 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 this course:


  • Appreciation of the background into the philosophical underpinnings of hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Gain insights into key philosophical notions described by key philosophers (Heidegger, Gadamer, etc.) and how these can be applied within health and social care and human science based 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 9.30-4.30pm 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 three days (Monday – Wednesday) will focus on ‘how to do’ a hermeneutic phenomenological study. On Thursday 6th 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.

For queries please contact: Liz Roberts, UCLan Conference and Events 01772 892650

For details of fees, and to book a place, please complete the online booking form on the expandable tab below.

Key facilitators for the institute:

Dr Gill Thomson, Senior Research Fellow, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. Email:

Dr Susan Crowther, Professor of Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Email:

We strive to ensure our conferences and events are inclusive for all. Please let us know at point of booking, if you have any requirements, eg access, mobility, interpreters, hearing, dietary etc, so that we can put provision in place.

Hermeneutic Phenomenology Symposium Event Flyer (.pdf 5mb)
Hermeneutic Phenomenology Symposium Flyer (.pdf 5mb)

Draft programme to follow

Accommodation is not included in the registration fee and you will have to book accommodation separately.

There are a variety of local accommodation available in Preston, including the following:

Preston International Legacy Hotel, Marsh Lane, Preston, PR1 2YF
Approximately a 5-10 minute walk from the conference venue
Telephone: 0844 411 9028

Premier Inn Preston Central, Fox Street, Preston, PR1 2AB
Approximately a 10 minute walk from the conference venue
Telephone: 0871 527 8908
Online flexible rates from £54 room only

Holiday Inn, The Ringway, Preston, PR1 3AU
Approximately a 15 minute walk from the conference venue
Telephone: 01772 567071
Fax: 01772 204842

Marriott Hotel, Garstang Road, Broughton, Preston. PR3 5JB
Approximately a 20 minute drive from the conference venue
Telephone: 01772 864087 (Select option 1)
Fax: 01772 861728

The Park Hotel: 209 Tulketh Road, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1ES
Approximately a 10/15 minute drive from the conference venue
Telephone: 01772 726250
Fax: 01772 723743

Please mention that you are attending a conference at UCLan when you make a booking, as you may be eligible for UCLan preferential rates, although you can often get better rates via the bookings websites such as, etc (this does not constitute a recommendation).

The conference will take place in the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston City Campus, and full details will be sent through with maps and directions, once a place is confirmed. The campus is located within walking distance of the city centre. Parking will be available on campus, however, we recommend that you take public transport. Details can be found here about how to get to Preston and the Campus including a campus map.  

Please read the important notes about completing this form and the terms and conditions.

Section 1
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Section 3
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2. Special Diets. All catering is organised with options to fulfil the requirements of vegetarians. However, if you have a special diet, please indicate this on the booking form. We will confirm if this cannot be catered for.

Section 4
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*Section 2: Conference Fee

The fee for the four day course is £450.00 which includes refreshments (tea and coffee), a parking permit to park on the University car parks and a delegate pack. Please note that lunch and accommodation is not provided for the three day methodology course (3rd – 5th April, 2017), but will be provided on the day of the symposium (6th April, 2017).

Accommodation should be booked directly with hotels in the Preston town centre area – details of hotels can be found on the Venue and Accommodation Tab.

There will be a workshop dinner on Wednesday, 5th April, 2017, and the cost will be approximately £30.00 per person

There are a limited number of places on the course, and registration should be made by 28th February, 2017. Full details of the event and campus location will be issued prior to the event

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Full Conference Fee
Full 4 day Attendance Fee, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th April 2017 - £450

1 day only 6 April
1 Day Symposium Attendance only on 6th April 2017 - £75

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Optional workshop dinner on the evening of Wednesday 5th April 2017 - £30

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