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Qualitative Research Methods

Snapshot

Academic award SCOTCAT award European Credit Transfer (ECTS) Academic status Course length
This module forms part of the MRes Health and Social Care Framework. 30 points at Level 11 (Masters) 15 Credits Postgraduate 300 hours of student effort (including assessment)
Academic School: School of Nursing & Midwifery
Fees:
Academic Year Home/EU Overseas LMC *
2012-13 £760 per 30 credit module,
£1,520 per 60 credit module,
plus £1,200 for dissertation
£1,940 per 30 credit module,
£3,880 per 60 credit module,
plus £2,730 for dissertation
£980 per 30 credit module,
£1,960 per 60 credit module,
plus £1,385 for dissertation
2013-14 £800 per 30 credit module,
£1,600 per 60 credit module,
plus £1,260 for dissertation
£2,040 per 30 credit module,
£4,080 per 60 credit module,
plus £2,865 for dissertation
to be confirmed
For more information on fees, visit the School of Nursing & Midwifery website.
* LMC = low & middle income countries
For more information on fees, visit the School of Nursing & Midwifery website.
* LMC = low & middle income countries
   

Overview

The module will equip students with the skills to:

The indicative content includes:

  • Overview of key qualitative traditions
  • Potential of different methods for answering various research questions and development of 'tools'
  • Generating data using a range of methods (using pre-existing documents; semi-structured interviews; focus group discussions)
  • Principles of qualitative data analysis and thematic coding
  • Refinement of coding frames; the 'constant comparative technique'/identification of patterning and formulating explanations
  • Issues concerned with mixed methods approaches: potential and challenges.

Aims of the Module

The aims of this module are to outline the main qualitative approaches to generating and analysing data and to outline potential and challenges involved in qualitative research.

Teaching & Assessment

The module is delivered online on MyDundee (the University's virtual learning environment). Information on the various online resources available will be included with the first unit.  This will include learning materials, interview schedules; focus group topic guides, transcripts; and pre-coded data excerpts. A discussion board, chatroom, resource centre, assessment guidelines and e-mail contacts will also be made available.

The content will be delivered in the form of 5 units.  In addition to engaging with the module team and fellow students in discussions and debate on set topics, students will have the opportunity to engage in supporting exercises in relation to generating and analysing qualitative data.

Assessment will be via an essay (4,500 words) which requires students to critically evaluate the potential contribution of qualitative methods in answering a range of research questions, outlining both opportunities and challenges.  Students will be able to choose from a list of four potential research topics.

Entry Requirements

For the Masters in Research (MRes), it is necessary to have taken the Critical Appraisal Skills for Practitioners (CASP) module. Students must also have access to a computer and a broadband internet connection and have basic IT skills.

English Language Requirement: IELTS minimum overall score of 6.0, with a minimum of 6.0 in the writing component and a minimum of 5.5 in the other 3 components.

English Language Pre-Sessional Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional programmes throughout the year and Foundation Programme(s) for both undergraduate and postgraduate students which start at the beginning of the academic year.  These programmes are all designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.  Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

The 30 week (one Academic Year) Foundation Programme(s) allow applicants who have not met our typical academic entry requirements, and require additional English Language support by up to 1.0 IELTS, to gain the necessary qualifications to enter the University of Dundee degree programmes in the following year.

The 24 week Pre-Sessional programme (March – August) provides additional English Language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English Language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and the 10 week Pre-Sessional programme  (June – August) (October – December) provides specialist English Language tuition for students who are 0.5 IELTS below the requirement for their degree programme.

Contact

Ms Antonia Lannie

Tel: +44(0) 01382 386 606

Email: A.Lannier@dundee.ac.uk