Advancing skills and knowledge of complex issues in qualitative research
This module will provide students with the knowledge, insights and techniques relating to the more advanced aspects of qualitative research. This will include providing students with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical perspectives within qualitative research designs, specific qualitative methodologies and analyses, advanced data collection methods and complex issues in qualitative research (e.g. critical appraisal). Students will be taught the knowledge and skills needed to critically engage with complex concepts relevant to the more advanced aspects of qualitative research.
By the end of this module, students will be able to understand and deal with complex issues associated with qualitative research. They will demonstrate critical engagement with theoretical concepts, methodological approaches, and critical challenges in conducting and appraising qualitative research, and be able to apply this knowledge within their research or practice. They will be able to:
- Appraise a range of different methodological approaches in qualitative research to evaluate quality and to aid in the design of a qualitative research study
- Discriminate between and compare a range of different methodological approaches to choose an approach most suited to a qualitative research question
- Understand the challenges and complexities associated with qualitative research and recognise their implications for conducting qualitative research
- Describe epistemological stances and how these inform the design of a qualitative research study
- Understand how theory informs the analysis in a qualitative research study
- Describe and apply advanced methods of qualitative data collection
- Determine the different types of bias in qualitative research and how they impact on the findings
- Understand the challenges associated with reflexivity and how it impacts on qualitative research
- Develop the critical skills required to publish written reports of qualitative research
Students will need to have basic prior knowledge of:
- Sampling and recruitment in qualitative research
- Data collection methods (interviews, focus groups, ethnography)
- Thematic analysis or another methodological approach
- The ethical issues raised in undertaking qualitative research
If you do not have these pre-requisites, the Qualitative Research Methods course is recommended.
For a detailed comparison of these two courses please click here.