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Postgraduate course

Qualitative Methods and Research Planning

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

This is a specialization course in qualitative methods. It offers an introduction to theory of knowledge and research methodologies. Further the course provides a broad overview of (i) approaches to qualitative research, (ii) qualitative data collection methods, (iii) analysis of qualitative data, (iv) ethics throughout the research process, and (v) writing the thesis proposal. The main aim of the module is to prepare the student for their own master¿s thesis research.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course the students should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student has in-depth knowledge of:

  • Different knowledge paradigms and explanatory models, and their implications for choice of methodological strategy
  • Key concepts and theories within quantitative and qualitative methodologies, mixed methods
  • Ethical principles in research and their application in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Different approaches to qualitative research
  • Characteristics and appropriate use of a range of qualitative methods/techniques
  • Different approaches to analysing qualitative data
  • Trustworthiness and reflexivity in qualitative research
  • Ethics throughout the research procedure
  • The requirements for the master's thesis proposal


The student has the ability to:

  • Design an interview guide and conduct an in-depth interview and use at least two other qualitative data collection methods/techniques
  • Code and analyse qualitative data
  • Evaluate ethical procedures related to research design and data collection
  • Design a research project and write a project plan

General competence:

The student:

  • Can critically, analytically and systematically evaluate research literature (both qualitative and quantitative)
  • Can communicate and discuss different qualitative research designs and account for their respective advantages and uses
  • Can make qualified choices between different qualitative research methods
  • Can collaborate professionally in groups

Required Previous Knowledge

Students must have completed the first semester of study in the master's program in Global Development Theory and Practice, Health Promotion and Health Psychology, or Child Protection and Welfare.

Access to the Course

Open to all students registered in Master's Programme in Global Development Theory and Practice, Health Promotion and Health Psychology, and Child Protection and Welfare. Open to master's students registered in other relevant programmes at UiB.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods will consist of lectures, group work and a field work exercise.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • 80% compulsory attendance in seminars
  • Participation in seminars/practical exercises related to the various qualitative methods introduced
  • Drafting parts of the project plan for master thesis
  • Presentation of own research project for staff and fellow students

Forms of Assessment

Home exam. 5 days.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

Will be made available on 1st December.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated in accordance with the Faculty of Psychology's routines for participatory evaluation and the University of Bergen's Quality Assurance System.

Programme Committee

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology.

Course Coordinator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Course Administrator

Department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Home exam

    Assignment handed out
    20.03.2023, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    24.03.2023, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam