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Qualitative Methods in Health and Medicine

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Learning outcome

The following learning outcomes will be achieved after completion of the course:
The PhD candidate will:
  • Possess advanced knowledge of qualitative methods as a research field.
  • Possess advanced knowledge of classical and contemporary theoretical approaches and methods in qualitative research.

The PhD candidate can:
  • Consider and apply relevant qualitative methods for different concrete research projects.
  • Critically consider strengths and weaknesses in applying different qualitative methods for different problems and projects.

General competence
The PhD candidate can:
  • Organize and present selected research literature on qualitative methods and lead discussions in open seminars/groups.
  • Search for and apply qualitative methods to analyze a self-selected research problem that can be developed into a scientific article.


The course addresses a broad variety of approaches to qualitative research relevant to health and medicine. Through the course the PhD candidate is firstly provided with an overview of what characterizes qualitative research, which subsequently leads onto further development of in-depth knowledge and analytical skills at an advanced level. The course focuses on topics that are key to understanding and performing qualitative analysis in research within health and medicine, with the aim to build the candidate’s own competency to develop and conduct research projects.
Examples of topics:
  • Qualitative Research Approaches
  • Qualitative Research Designs
  • Qualitative Methodology and Methods
  • Reflexivity in Qualitative Research The Subjective Researcher
  • Challenges and Potentials for Practice-Near Research
  • Different Approaches to Data Analysis such as
      Qualitative Content Analysis
    • Systematic Text Condensation
    • Metasynthesis
    • Narrative Analysis
    • Practice Research
    • Text and Discourse Analysis
    • Psychosocial Analysis
  • Required prerequisite knowledge

    Master level within medicine, health sciences, societal safety, social science, or similar educations.


    Weight Duration Marks Aid
    Individual paper1/1 Pass - Fail
    • Individual paper of 5000 words (-/+ 10%) on a self-selected topic approved by the course coordinator.
    • List of self-selected literature (approximately 500 pages) to be submitted together with the individual paper.
    • The paper will be assessed as Pass/Fail.

    Coursework requirements

    • Presentation of scientific literature in open seminars/discussion groups.
    • Prepare a short abstract (approximately 250 words) on the self-selected research topic to be addressed in the individual paper. Abstract should include background, topic, research problem/question, and plan for relevant literature searches. The abstract will be approved by the course coordinator.
    • List of self-selected literature of approximately 500 pages relevant for the individual paper.

    Course teacher(s)

    Course coordinator
    Birgitta Haga Gripsrud
    Course teacher
    Ellen Ramvi

    Method of work

    The working methods of the course will vary depending on research topics and number of participants. The methods will include supervision, scientific paper writing, presentation of scientific material, critique and defense. The course will be based on open seminars/discussion groups where the candidate(s) and invited lecturer(s) present(s) and lead(s) discussions related to the curriculum contents. A detailed timetable will be made available at the beginning of the semester.

    Open to

    PhD candidates enrolled in PhD programmes at the University of Stavanger (Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Health Sciences) or accredited universities/university colleges in Norway or abroad.

    Course assessment

    Early dialogue with the PhD candidates and submission of final electronic evaluation form according to UiS regulations.


    Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

    This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

    Sist oppdatert: 08.08.2020