Professional course Qualitative Health Research

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Health and Social Sciences

15 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


Qualitative Health Research will be delivered using a mixture of scheduled and independent learning techniques. These may include; lectures, workshops, assignments and hours engaged with essential reading.

Technology Enhanced Learning will supplement taught sessions to enable all students to access learning materials via Blackboard.



  • Definition, nomenclature, epistemology: what is qualitative research; traditions of qualitative research; diverse methodological approaches (grounded theory; ethnography; phenomenology; narrative inquiry); the place of qualitative research in health research and evidence-based healthcare.
  • Current methodological debates: the value of qualitative research; ethics; sampling; reflexivity; quality criteria: validity, reliability and rigour; critical appraisal.
  • Methods for qualitative data collection (QDC): interviewing; observation and field notes; focus groups and group facilitation; online qualitative approaches.
  • Methods for qualitative data analysis (QDA): basic principles; transcribing; field notes; data management; coding; inductive and deductive analysis; approaches to data analysis (thematic content analysis; framework approach; narrative analysis; discourse); qualitative approaches to evidence synthesis.

Learning and Teaching

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of qualitative research traditions and methodologies, and understand how and when to use them
  • Critically evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative methods for health research
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the main methods used in qualitative research for generating data, and carrying out qualitative data analysis (QDA) in primary research and in qualitative synthesis
  • Show critical awareness of key issues around credibility and quality in qualitative research
  • Show critical awareness of ethical issues and reflexivity as applied to qualitative research
  • Understand and assess how qualitative research is presented in the form of research papers and other publications

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