MRes Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Qualitative Research Methods
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course is comprised of lectures, seminars and workshops featuring critical discussion and practical exercises relevant to the qualitative methodologies most frequently used by psychologists. There are also one to one surgeries with the lecturer. The data collection techniques covered include focus groups and interviews, while students will be introduced to a variety of approaches and trained to use different methods to analyse data (discourse analysis, conversation analysis, IPA, thematic analysis and grounded theory will be addressed in detail).
This course is designed to meet the requirements with respect to training in qualitative methods set out in the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postgraduate Training Guidelines. The aims of the course are to offer a comprehensive and thorough training in qualitative research methodologies (along with the practical and ethical advantages of each) which will prepare students for PhD and/or later non-PhD research work inside or outside a University environment
By the end of the course unit, students will be able to:
- choose appropriate techniques for a range of research questions amenable to qualitative approaches and investigation,
- demonstrate an understanding of a range of ways in which to generate and collect data,
- collect and analyse data using interviews, focus groups, and other linguistic interactions,
- demonstrate their ability to use data generation and analysis techniques in a sensitive and appropriate way,
- critically evaluate recent qualitative research and be cognisant of quality frameworks used to assess qualitative work,- demonstrate a critical awareness of debates within the qualitative field
Teaching and learning methods
Students will receive formal instruction on specific methods and will be set practical exercises associated with these. Workshops will consist of lecture-style delivery of material as well as practical exercises and discussion groups. Throughout these the students will receive guidance from a senior qualitative methodologist with additional experienced qualitative researchers assisting in analysis exercises.
- Four equally weighted 2,000-word assessments. These assessments will cover the main required qualitative research skills: data gathering, analysis and critical evaluation of research studies.
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|Fiona Ulph||Unit coordinator|