PSY-20050 - Qualitative Research Methods
Coordinator: Alexandra Kent Tel: +44 1782 7 33289
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Level: Level 5
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 advance student understanding of qualitative research methods used in psychology, and builds on the introductory content from PSY-10036. Throughout this module, students will examine the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research and develop knowledge and skills in various qualitative data collection techniques and analysis methods.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Describe and evaluate the main philosophical and conceptual issues underpinning qualitative research: 2
Design appropriate data collection and analysis strategies to answer research questions using qualitative methods: 1
Conduct, analyse, and evaluate qualitative research projects: 2

Study hours

Lab Classes - 22 hours
Guided Asynchronous learning (inc: lab prep, assigned readings, guided learning activities) - 30 hours
Research Proposal - 10 hours
Lab Report - 88 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 20%
Research Proposal
Students will prepare a 500 word research proposal for work to be conducted for their Lab Report Assessment. Feedback from the Research Proposal is designed to enable students to improve their research design before completing the Lab Report.

2: Laboratory Report weighted 80%
Qualitative Lab Report
Students will complete a 2,200 word individual qualitative lab report based on the qualitative theory and practical qualitative methods approaches covered within the module. Students work on a research subject selected at the beginning of the module. The individual qualitative report will include most elements of an empirical paper method, results, an executive summary/conclusion.