MEDFL5140 – Qualitative reseach methods

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Course content

The course gives an overview of important research methods and designs in qualitative research. Examples of qualitative research projects regarding health and illness are presented and actively related to the PhD candidates' own research projects. The course is relevant for PhD candidates who draw on qualitative methods in their research. In addition, it will be useful for those who want to learn more about how interpretation and approaches associated with qualitative research are integral elements in all research as well as in clinical practice.

Learning outcome


This course will provide knowledge about:
• mindsets associated with qualitative research
• project design and data collection methods
• approaches to qualitative analysis
• principles of qualitative interviews, participant observation and text analysis
• historization as a method


This course will give you the skills to:
• designing a qualitative research project
• develop an interview guide and conduct qualitative interviews
• apply principles of qualitative analysis
• identify and formulate relevant research questions

General competences

This course will provide you with general competence to:
• raise critical questions to your own research and research process
• raise critical questions to concepts included in your research
• relate health and illness to broader cultural and social contexts


The course is restricted to students at the Medical Student Research Programme at the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Dentistry, UiO. The highest priority is given to students who are working on research that entails/will entail qualitative interviewing and/or participant observation.

Students can apply in StudentWeb

Enrollment to this course is automatically registered in StudentWeb. Applicants will be notified immediately if their application to the course is granted.

The courses MEDFL5140 and MF9140 have common admission

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with MF9140 – Qualitative research methods


You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.


A take-home exam will be given at the end of the course.

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.

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.

Special examination arrangements

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

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Spring and autumn

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Spring 2020

15.6. - 19.6.

The course will run as a digital course

Teaching language: English

Application period       

1.12.2019 - 1.4.2020



Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Autumn: Norwegian

Spring: Norwegian and English