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RESM6006 Qualitative Methods 2

Module Overview

Qualitative Methods II builds upon the material learnt in Qualitative Methods I and addresses a range of specialist qualitative techniques, their underpinning theoretical framework and their practical application.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide you with an understanding of the role and application of advanced qualitative methods within social science research. The module will include a focus on the issues that arise in the design, generation, analysis and evaluation of qualitative data within interpretive philosophical frameworks, as well as experience of secondary analysis: accessing and analysing archived qualitative data.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the main arguments for and against using a range of specialist qualitative techniques
  • Contribute to discussions within seminars
  • Critically assess the relevance of various methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data.
  • Analyse the practical and ethical challenges in advanced qualitative research;
  • Articulate arguments for applying aspects of advanced methods to your own research contexts.
  • Use qualitative methods appropriately to analyse data
  • Make decisions about choosing appropriate advanced qualitative methods
  • Access and use qualitative data archives
  • Evaluate and report on using advanced methods of qualitative analysis
  • Effectively draw on literature on advanced qualitative methods to construct methodological arguments


The syllabus for this 10 CATS module will cover a variety of advanced and specialist techniques in qualitative methods. We will consider the theoretical frameworks guiding specific qualitative data collection and analysis techniques. Indicative Syllabus: 1. Introduction to module and grounded theory 2. Biographical research 3. Visual methods 4. Discourse analysis 5. Case study research 6. Action research

Special Features

This is an innovative, cross-disciplinary module that will offer advanced training (level 1) in qualitative methods to postgraduate students under the auspices of the University’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module involves generic, interdisciplinary lectures by experts in the field, designed to provide a good, general overview of the method or topic. Seminar content is designed to explore the particular issues that arise in using qualitative methods in the social sciences and use a range of appropriate pedagogic methods. Students are also expected to undertake self-directed learning, supported by module materials

Independent Study100
Total study time100

Resources & Reading list

Mason, J. (2002). Qualitative Researching. 

Fielding, N. (2008). The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods. 

Flick, U. (2009). An Introduction to Qualitative Research. 

Others. The module will draw strongly on blended learning. In order to deliver this, resources will be made available by the Doctoral Training Centre to support recording of lectures, production of lectures/powerpoint slide show etc. Currently available resources such as textbooks, e-books, software and online materials (e.g. NCRM materials and recordings) will also be used.

Silverman, D (2010). Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook. 

Other. • International Journal of Qualitative Methods (open access) • The Qualitative Report • Forum: qualitative Social Research (open access) • Qualitative Research • Qualitative Research Journal • International Journal of Social Research Methodology


Assessment Strategy

Assessment involves accessing, downloading and secondary analysis of an archived qualitative data set.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: RESM6003

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