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Qualitative Research Methods for Psychology

When you'll study it
Semester 1
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Felicity Bishop
Academic year

Module overview

The module progresses through the key phases of qualitative research design and implementation, emphasising the (often iterative) links between these activities: epistemological concerns, research questions, data collection and analysis techniques, and the interpretation and implications of qualitative findings. This module is delivered in interactive sessions taught over 6 weeks. We cover methodological concepts used in applied psychology and provide formative hands-on opportunities for skills development. Sessions are structured to facilitate both conceptual learning and the development of applied research skills. Students are expected to complete pre-class preparatory work and to take an active role in class.

The module is aligned with the Research Development Framework (RDF) in the following ways.

1. Knowledge base.

  • The methods and techniques appropriate for research design
  • Literacy and numeracy skills and language abilities appropriate for research
  • How to identify, apply and develop methods and techniques appropriate for research projects.

2. Cognitive abilities.

  • How to analyse and evaluate findings using appropriate methods
  • How to recognise and validate problems; formulate and apply solutions to a range of research problems

The module assumes basic prior knowledge of qualitative methods equivalent to that provided during an undergraduate degree in Psychology.