PSY-10044 - Answering Questions with Qualitative Data
Coordinator: Sara Vestergren Tel: +44 1782 7 33669
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733736

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

This module aims to introduce students to and develop students┐ understanding of qualitative research design covering research philosophy, ethical foundations, qualitative research questions and data collection strategies. The module also aims to prepare students for analysing data using qualitative research methods.

Intended Learning Outcomes

describe the main philosophical and conceptual approaches underpinning qualitative research and knowledge: 1
describe and discuss ethical issues related to various qualitative designs and data collection strategies: 2
design appropriate data collection to answer research questions using qualitative design: 1,2
design a qualitative project with an appropriate data collection strategy accounting for ethical considerations for the developed research question: 1,2

Study hours

Taught sessions 4h (4*1h)
Lab classes 22h (11*2h)
Asynchronous learning (e.g., lab prep) - 22h
Research proposal 25h
Ethics application 77h

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Research Proposal weighted 30%
brief qualitative research proposal
Students will submit a 500-word research proposal (using an existing pre-registration form) outlining their philosophical foundation, research question and data collection strategy.

2: Ethical Approval weighted 70%
ethics application
Students will submit a 1000-word ethics application for a qualitative research study (excl. extensive outline of analysis due to main teaching in year 2). The students will be encouraged to use the research they proposed for assessment 1 as they will have received feedback before the deadline of assessment 2. The application will include, rationale for research question, research question, rationale and support for data collection method, ethical considerations, proposed analysis method (briefly due to main analysis teaching in year 2) giving students an opportunity to demonstrate understanding of the qualitative research design and application.