PSY4110 – Applied Qualitative Methods

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Course content

This course offers students a hands-on approach to qualitative research methods in psychology. The course will focus on generating and working with qualitative data, and it will include work on a range of methodological approaches. The course aims to inform students' thinking towards the thesis proposal.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Formulate research questions that may be addressed using qualitative methods
  • Plan an approach to producing qualitative data
  • Work with qualitative data
  • Practical excercises in analyzing data
  • Criteria for quality in qualitative research
  • Research-ethical considerations in 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.


The teaching will be given through seminars and lectures. There will be 10 hours of lectures, and 8 hours of seminars.

Compulsory activities consist of:

  • 80% participation in lectures, seminars are voluntary

Obligatory exercises are valid for the 2 next semesters after approval date.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Compulsory activities must have been approved by the department before you can take the exam:

Home exam/Essay

Written assignment will be given as a home exam with 2 weeks deadline for submission. You will be required to write an essay of minimum 1500 words. You will submit the essay through Inspera.

ePhorus is a text recognition program that may be used on texts turned in as home exams at the Institute of Psychology.

Former exams

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.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

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

If you are an exchange student, please note that you will receive a pass or fail for this course and this cannot be converted into an A-F grading scale.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

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.

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