MF9140 – Qualitative research methods
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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.
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
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 maximum number of course participants is 14. PhD candidates are given prioritised admission to the course, and within this group the highest priority is given to PhD candidates who are working on research that entails/will entail qualitative interviewing and/or participant observation.
PhD candidates admitted to a PhD programme at UiO apply in StudentWeb
Applicants who are not admitted to a PhD programme at UiO must apply for a right to study in SøknadsWeb before they can apply for PhD courses in medicine and health sciences. External applicants should apply for a right to study 3 weeks before the course application deadline.
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.
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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.