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C84QRM Qualitative Research Methods
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MSc students in the School of Medicine (Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, Division of Rehabilitation and Aging). Also available to PhD students (PGT and PGR)

Taught Semesters:

Full Year Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:   This module considers a range of qualitative approaches suitable for psychologists. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings and practical application of a number of qualitative research methods. The teaching will combine lectures, workshops, student-led seminars and self-directed study. Specific topics included will be: - developing qualitative research questions -consideration of philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of qualitative methods - choosing an appropriate qualitative method - the methods available - ethical issues in qualitative research - evaluation and critical appraisal of qualitative research evidence

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 10 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 Students will be provided with data for qualitative analysis. They will choose which kind of analysis to undertake and provide their rationale for this choice. They will then conduct an analysis of the data, presenting a results section. 

Dr N Hunt

Education Aims:  The module introduces students to the theoretical, philosophical and conceptual underpinnings of qualitative approaches to research and considers when such approaches are appropriate in applied psychology and mental health research. A number of qualitative methods will be introduced, including thematic analysis, content analysis, discourse analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, grounded theory, narrative analysis. These methods will be considered in relation to a range of applied research topics.

Learning Outcomes:  Acquire a working knowledge of models, approaches and methods used in applied psychological research. Develop the ability to critically appraise qualitative research methodologies in the field of applied psychology. Develop an ability to discuss theoretical arguments and/ or applied research findings in the field of applied psychology. Develop an ability to discuss and evaluate theory, methods and results of research in the field of applied psychology.

Offering School:  Medicine

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