HMET5120 – Qualitative methods

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Course content

The course aims to familiarize students with qualitative techniques common in the study of health services, enabling them to carry out their own research. The course will teach students when qualitative research is appropriate, and will also teach them to recognize the methodological choices that face the qualitative researcher. Further, the course will give a practical introduction to collecting and analyzing elite interview data and texts.

Learning outcome


You will gain knowledge on how to:

  • recognize the main methods used in qualitative research
  • understand when a qualitative approach is suitable
  • understand quality criteria in qualitative research


You will learn how to:

  • develop a qualitative Research design
  • collect, analyze and present qualitative data
  • evaluate presentations of qualitative results
  • make use of qualitative data such as elite interviews and texts

General competence

 You will be able to:

  • recognize the pros and cons of qualitative designs
  • manage ethical and scientific standards of qualitative Research


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.





Written exam.


The Board at the University of Oslo has decided to introduce detailed guidelines for all examinations, which take place at the University. The description of the grading should be clear and transparent. This is done to ensure alignment between learning outcomes, assignments, and grading. The Faculty of Medicine has developed a web page with information regarding exams and the grading procedures (norwegian version).

Digital examination

The written examination is conducted in the digital examination system Inspera. You will need to familiarize yourself with the digital examination arrangements in Inspera.

Read more about written examinations using Inspera.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

For students at Eu-HEM: English

For students at HEPAM: The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

For HEPMA students:

For Eu-HEM students:

An EU-hem student cannot present her or himself for the examination in a course more than two times. There will be held re-sits for EU-hem students who have failed an exam or who have legitimate absence (usually illness) in January and August. If you are entitled to a re-sit you must contact the student advisor via email no longer than one week after the result of the exam has been published.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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