This course is discontinued

UV9101 – Qualitative Methods

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Learning outcome

The course takes a broad view on qualitative methodology in education research and departs from the basic assumption that quantitative and qualitative researchers have a shared interest in the development of scientific knowledge. Instead of continuing the “paradigm wars” between competing methodological traditions, the course will explore ways of integrating different research strategies. Given the diversity of educational science, researchers within this field must have an understanding of the most important approaches to qualitative methodology and of their basis in the philosophy of science. The course will not go deeply into these traditions, but have a focus on the strengths and weaknesses of corresponding methods/techniques of data-collection and analysis, like interviewing, observation in naturalistic settings, interaction analysis and mixed methods. Issues concerned with research quality serve as a thread in the course, and the participants will be encouraged to discuss these in relation to their projects.


PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. Applicants must have at least a Master's degree.

Candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through Studentweb

Other applicants may apply using this application form


Open lectures and seminars.


1 credit point for course participation (80% attendance required)
5 credit points for course participation and submitted paper

In order to obtain 5 credit points the doctoral students have the following options:

  • Papers presented and commented during the second part (3. or 4. day of the course). 6-8 pages (1.5 line spacing, 12 point Times Roman).
  • Papers after course. 8-10 (1.5 line spacing, 12 point Times Roman).

In both cases the papers should focus on methodological issues in the doctoral students’ own project. Also discussions of specific themes from the course syllabus and relevant literature are accepted. Papers are to be submitted electronically to L.C. Lahn ( with a copy to O. Mukhina (

Language of examination

The papers can be written in Norwegian or English.

Grading scale

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

Facts about this course






This course is substituted with/ divided into two courses: UV9101A (2 credits) and UV9101B (3 credits).

Teaching language

Every other year the course is held in English. Even years the course is offered in English, odd years the course is offered in Norwegian.