HAR6531: Qualitative Research Design and Analysis


On completing the module students will be expected to be able to:
• understand qualitative research approaches, methods and forms of analysis which are relevant to health services research and technology assessment;
• be able to plan and undertake a simple analysis of student-generated qualitative data;
• critically appraise the methods and results of qualitative research in health services research.


This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to key terms and concepts that underpin qualitative research design and analysis, with particular reference to the discipline of health services research and public health.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the Module, a successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A systematic understanding of the most widely used approaches to qualitative data collections;
  • A systematic understanding and critical awareness of key issues around validity, reliability and sampling in qualitative research;
  • A systematic understanding and critical awareness of ethical issues and reflexivity as applied to qualitative research;
  • A systematic understanding and critical awareness of how qualitative research is written up in practice.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials, Problem Solving/Example Classes/Group Exercise, Field Work


Component Weighting
Outline of proposed research protocol Formative (0%)
Research Report (3000 words) 100%

One method of summative assessment is used. Students will produce:

  • A research report (3000 words) based on a single qualitative, semi-structured interview that they will undertake (with a friend, student or colleague), transcribe and analyse.

There will also be a formative assessment wherein students will submit brief summary outlines of their proposed research protocol (500 words) and receive feedback before the summative assessment.

The pass mark is 50%.