INTHE4016 – Qualitative Methodology

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to the theoretical foundations for qualitative methods. It gives an understand of the relevance and usefulness, as well as strengths and limitations, of qualitative methods in health research. It provides knowledge about and practical skills for developing and conducting qualitative research projects.

Learning outcome


You will learn the theories of science including phenomenology and hermeneutics. You will learn the difference between research questions and methods, and the difference between quantitative and qualitative methods. You will learn about the strengths and limitations of different methodologies and data collection techniques. You will learn about ethics in qualitative methodology and core concepts such as reflexivity and validity.


You will be able to assess which methods are appropriate for various research question. You will learn to plan a qualitative study, and develop a methodological design, conduct interviews, observations, focus groups and text analysis. You will also learn how to critically review qualitative research articles.

General competence

You will attain familiarity with qualitative research and the process of developing, designing and implementing a qualitative study. You will attain the ability to reflect on ethical questions connected to qualitative research.


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This course is not available for single course students.

Overlapping courses

4 credits overlap with INTHE4004 – Research Methodology, part 1 (discontinued)


This is a two-week course comprised of lectures, group work, hands-outs activities and assignments. Participation in at least 80 % of the teaching is required to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.


Home examination


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).

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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