Open interview and qualitative data analysis

This course introduces PhD candidates of Leiden University from a wide range of disciplines into the intricacies of the open interview and the analysis of qualitative data,
This course will be in English. (the course tutor is Dutch, so the individual session at the end of the course can also be about an interview in Dutch)

Target group

PhD candidates of Leiden University and the LUMC, who will be conducting interviews during their doctoral research.


The course offers a brief introduction into the epistemological and methodological aspects of the open interview. More specifically the course focuses on:
a) Combining the open interview with other research methods.
b) Establishing and conducting an open interview.
c) The kinds of knowledge and insights that the open interview generates. d) The hermeneutics of interpreting and analysing the interview data.

Working method & content

Participants are requested to submit a short statement, about half a page, that briefly outlines the PhD research; how they potentially see the role of the open interview within the study; specific questions and concerns that they would like to address in this course.

Class 1: On the selection of respondents, representation, validity, and reflexivity, and the making of a topic list. In this week, participants will:
a) carry out an interview by using the topic list and
b) accompany someone during an open interview. Further details will follow in the course.

Class 2: Discussion of topic list and interview practices, and how to analyse open interview data from a grounded theory perspective and from a more theory driven perspective. During this week the participants will:
a) write a brief report analysing the interview data, particularly reflecting on the topic questions and
b) write a brief report on the interview process of a fellow participant.

Class 3: Discussion of open interview data and analysis and exploring how the open interview could be a valuable contribution to the PhD research.

Consultation: In addition to these three classes, participants are invited to have a private tutorial on open interview methods and qualitative data analysis in relation to their specific research project.


Employees of Leiden University can register via Self service.

Others can enrol by returning the completed and signed registration form to HRM Training and Development (scanned & by email or by post).

If the date of the course is no longer in the overview in Self Service, this means that the course if full. In that case you can register for the same course on another date. If there are no dates available in the self service schedule, please send an mail to HRM-Opleidingen. As soon as there are enough people interested in the course, we will plan a new date and will let you know accordingly.


2017: Friday's 3, 17 November and 1 December, from 14.00 - 16.00 hours.

Venue: Academy Building/Faculty Club, Rapenburg 73, Leiden

Due to the necessary preparation by participants, we can register new participants untill 13 October and on condition that they can submit an outline of their PhD research as mentioned above under working method.


The course amounts to 30 hrs in total, including attendance, preparation and reading.

Costs and cancellation

PhD-candidates (Leiden University and LUMC): no charge
Other members of staff of Leiden University: € 200

Depending on the type of research or the special situation, an individual session is possible; costs per individual session €52,50 

Our cancellation rules apply to all courses. Cancellation after the above mentioned enrolment date means we have to charge a cancellation fee of € 100.

Course tutor

Jasmijn Rana is a lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.

Any questions

Last Modified: 02-03-2017