PSY40220 Advanced Qualitative Design and Analysis

Academic Year 2022/2023

Qualitative research methods have the potential to make a significant contribution to research that aims to understand human behaviour. The aim of this course is to refresh postgraduate students' knowledge of the principles of qualitative research and allow them to critically evaluate common approaches to qualitative design and analysis. This module is suitable for postgraduate students from a range of disciplines and for those with limited experience of qualitative research. Please note this module consists of three half day seminars which take place in March and April. Contact for scheduling and location details.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to qualitative research; Select from a range of methods of qualitative analysis; Complete and report an analysis of qualitative data.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to qualitative research
Key theories and principles in qualitative research
Designing qualitative research
Analysis and reporting of qualitative data

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is structured as a series of seminars, where students are given an overview of the seminar material, being encouraged to work though the key topics with a focus on their application to their own postgraduate research. Discussion is central to supporting students to reflect on challenges and solutions and apply these issues to their own research. Students share their experience of engaging with the debates in their own area/topic with their peers. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Open to to students who are registered for research Masters or PhD

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: 1500 word report on the analysis of qualitative interviews Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students are provided with written feedback following completion of the final assignment

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Small Group Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 22, 24 Fri 10:00 - 12:50