Qualitative Research Methods for Health Services

Key information

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Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Module type: Credit Value 10

Fee: £455

To register: Please complete this registration form

Further information: Please contact Dan Shepperd on 0121 204 4210 or d.shepperd@aston.ac.uk for further information regarding the course.  

About the module

The overall aim of the module is to develop students’ knowledge and application of the techniques appropriate to qualitative research in health fields. This includes developing knowledge and skills in designing, conducting and appraising qualitative research at a post graduate level. The module will link closely with PY4509 Quantitative Methods. It will also provide a grounding for the dissertation and further research in the field.

Summary of content 

  • Qualitative research design
  • Qualitative research interviewing
  • Focus groups and transcription
  • Appraising qualitative research
  • Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)

Module outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of methods for collecting and analysing qualitative data and an understanding of qualitative research methodology, including an understanding of when it is appropriate

Intellectual skills  

  • Use reflective practice when conducting qualitative research in health related practice.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in qualitative methods for data collection, transcription and analysis

Professional / Subject specific skills     

  • Demonstrate ability to work autonomously in planning and conducting qualitative research in health related arenas

Transferable skills 

  • A rigorous, thoughtful and critical approach to conducting scientific enquiry
  • Critical thinking and writing skills
  • Independent learning skills