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MA Political Science - Political Theory Pathway (Research Route)

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Qualitative Research Methods

Course unit fact file
Unit code SOCY60230
Credit rating 0
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course comprises two introductory lectures to qualitative methods and the Qualitative Research Methods (QRM) programme. It is compulsory for all the students who wish to take a QRM module. No assessment is required, but participation will be recorded through attendance

The course offers an introduction to the foundational principles of qualitative research in the social sciences. Students are introduced to key terminology and the logic underpinning the design of qualitative research.



The aim of the two introductory sessions is to introduce you to qualitative methods in the social sciences. We examine the history and variety of qualitative traditions, as well as the elements of the qualitative research process. We discuss some of the central methodological concepts and principles that underpin qualitative methods, and examine the criteria for assessing the quality of qualitative research. The sessions also focus on the ethical issues surrounding qualitative research.