Hermeneutic Phenomenology Methodology Course

Monday 8th – Friday 12th July 2019, University of Central Lancashire

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.

For conference enquiries and to register your interest in this conference, please email the Events Team ConferenceAndEvents@uclan.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0)1772 892650

For academic enquiries please contact Dr Gill Thomson, gthomson@uclan.ac.uk

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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 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-Thursday) will focus on ‘how to do’ a hermeneutic phenomenological study. On Friday 12 July, 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.

Detailed programme to follow.

Key facilitators

Dr Gill Thomson

(Associate Professor) in Perinatal Health, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Email: Gthomson@uclan.ac.uk

Dr Susan Crowther

Visiting Professor of Midwifery, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Email: s.a.crowther@rgu.ac.uk

Venue and Accommodation


The conference will take place at the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston City Campus, full details will be sent through with maps and directions upon confirmation of a place.

See details about how to get to Preston and the Campus.


There is a range of local accommodation available, and here are some of the options you can book:

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 available

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

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
Email: london.regional.reservations@marriott.com

Travelodge Preston Central, Preston Farmers Office, 47 New Hall Lane, Preston PR1 5NX
Approximately a 25 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride from the conference venue
Telephone 08719 846150
Online flexible rates available

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
Email: info@parkhotelpreston.co.uk

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 www.bookings.com, www.laterooms.com expedia.com etc (this does not constitute a recommendation).

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*Section 2: Conference Fee

The fee for the five day course is £475 which includes refreshments, a delegate pack and lunch on the day of the symposium (12 July, 2019) are included in the conference fee. Optional Workshop Dinner on 11 July 2019 is £30. Accommodation is not included in the conference fee and must be booked separately at your chosen hotel/b&b.

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Full Attendance Fee, Monday 8 – Friday 12 July 2019: £475

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One day Symposium only fee on Friday 12 July 2019: £75

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Optional Workshop Dinner on Thursday 11 July 2019: £30

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