Qualitative Project_Psy Studies PSYCH3027

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course will introduce students to the practical aspects of qualitative research methods and data analysis. Students will work in groups on a small scale qualitative project where they design and conduct a focus group, collect and analyse their data.


2 x 1 hour lecture session

3 x 1 hour practical sessions, plus 1 x 1 hour supervisor meeting

7 x 10-15 minute online lectures

Online support via Teams

Requirements of Entry

A Grade D or better in Psychology 1A and 1B, and 2A and 2B.

Excluded Courses



A collaborative psychology lab research report of 2700 words (85%). Students will write the collaborative report in threes. Students will also produce a 300 word reflection piece (written individually) about how they have acted on the formative feedback from their tutors and engaged with the learning activities throughout the course (15%).

Course Aims

To introduce students to the practical aspects of qualitative research

To develop skills in qualitative research methods.

To develop awareness of ethical issues in qualitative research.

To work in groups to complete a small scale project using qualitative research methods

To write a collaborative research report, that will not exceed 3000 words in length.

To reflect on skills development in qualitative research methods.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Design and run a research project using qualitative research methods.

Analyse resultant research data using qualitative data analysis techniques

Compose and write up a research report to an appropriate level.

Reflect on development of skills in qualitative methods at key stages of the project.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.