Qualitative Research Methodology – basic alignments, 5 hp

Course number26
Max participants14
Application deadline2021-12-16
Course leaderKatarina Hjelm
DepartmentInst. för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap
Visiting addressBMC
Post addressBox 564, 751 22 Uppsala
Datesweek 6-16: 8-9/2, 1-2/3, 23-24/3, 20-21/4
Course length5 hp 5 hp, week 6-16
Course report 
Course plan 



The scientific-theoretical and philosophical foundation for qualitative research will be studied during the course and theoretical and practical knowledge will be developed concerning how to choose and handle different scientific methods for collecting, interpreting and analyzing qualitative data.

Learning outcomes

Expected learning outcomes:
On completion of the course, the student should demonstrate knowledge in, an understanding of as well as the ability to relate to, problematize, analyze and critically examine the scientific-theoretical and philosophical bases for qualitative research; so that the student should be able to choose appropriate research approaches and method/s for collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of qualitative data on the basis of current issues. In particular, the student should be able to demonstrate the ability to evaluate and relate to questions concerning validity in the research process and the key koncepts trustworthiness, reflexivity and triangulation.


- Scientific-theoretical foundations for qualitative research; epistemology and ontology, as well as knowledge of the development of qualitative methods.
- The relationship between research problems, choice of method and which type of knowledge that is generated with different qualitative methods
- Different types of research designs and selection procedures
- Different types of qualitative methods for data collection; interviews individual/group/focus-group, observations, written documents
- Qualitative methods for analysis and interpretation of data; Phenomenology, Phenomenography, Grounded Theory, Hermeneutics, Content analysis.
- Assessment of quality, validity and reliability in qualitative studies
- To present, report and defend produced results.


Admission requirements:
A prerequiste to attend the course is that you are accepted for studies on the PhD level.
Please observe: You can apply for the course before being accepted for education at the PhD level but applicants to the course are ranked according to the date for being accepted for education at the PhD level in accordance with Uppdok (Ladok).
Information about admittance will be sent out 1-2 weeks after last date for application, by e-mail.

Course planning and extent:
The course merits 5 ECTS, 1,5 ECTS is corresponding to 40 hours. The course consist of time scheduled teaching (se time schedule), with general lectures, seminars and group activities, and own studies up to 40 hours/week. The time for own studies is aimed for reading of course literature, including recommended scientific articles (according to list), and work with planning of group activities concerning formulating 1) aim and choice of method accordingly, 2) design of interview guide and 3) examination task.


Forms of teaching:
Teaching is built on a scientific method of working with solutions to problems and critical analysis. The methods of working used are overview lectures, studies of literature, individual and/or group exercise assignments, individual and/or group supervision and seminars.

Individual written project plan that is defended and opposed at a seminar.


Patton M.Q. Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods (4 ed). London: Sage Publications Ltd, 2015.

Silverman D. Interpreting qualitative data. Methods for analyzing talk, text and interaction. London: Sage Publications Ltd, 2015.

Marton F, Booth S. Learning and awareness. London: Routledge, 1997.

A list of recommended scientific articles will be provided by the course organizer before the start of the course.

Teaching staff

Katarina Hjelm, professor IFV, Uppsala Universitet
Carina Berterö, professor IMH, Linköpings universitet

More information

Course leader: Katarina Hjelm, IFV, Uppsala Universitet. Email: katarina.hjelm@pubcare.uu.se

Course administrator: kursadministrationenIFV@pubcare.uu.se

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