MF9140 – Qualitative research 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 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.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

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

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






Spring and autumn

Course registration

How to apply

Automatic reply in StudentWeb


Autumn 2020

2.11. - 6.11.

Application period       

1.6. - 1.9.


Number of participants




Spring and autumn

Teaching language

Autumn: Norwegian

Spring: Norwegian and English