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Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Qualitative Research Methods

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 Sociology
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


The course comprises two introductory lectures to qualitative methods and QRM modules. 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 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.