Qualitative Research Methods

Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Module

Qualitative Research Methods

Through a series of workshops and practical sessions, you will be introduced to a variety of qualitative research methods and analysis, which have been developed and used within health and medical research. You will be encouraged to learn through experience, through practical sessions, and in research tasks completed in directed study time. You will also be trained in research writing as appropriate for different methodologies and traditions.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

To gain an understanding of the role, purpose and limitations of qualitative enquiry, its appropriate use, and its relevance to healthcare practice and research.

To demonstrate an understanding of a variety of approaches to qualitative analysis and to be able to analyse and interpret qualitative data, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and the role of theory in qualitative research.

To develop skills to devise, and design and carry out a qualitative study.


20 credits

Module Attendance Required

1 block week of teaching.

Module Dates

Module dates to be confirmed.


2 assessments (2500 words each):

a) critical appraisal of a qualitative paper

b) data interpretation exercise.

Module Coordinator

Dr Antje Lindenmeyer

Stand Alone Course

This module can be taken as a standalone course. The module can be taken as assessed or non assessed. To apply, please contact the Programme Coordinator on 0121 414 7577 or at mph@contacts.bham.ac.uk. All applications must be received a minimum of one month before the start date of the module. For further information on fees or entry requirements, please contact the Programme Coordinator.

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