Qualitative Project 3H PSYCH4057

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • 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

Entry to Honours Psychology is guaranteed by a B2 average over Psychology 2A and 2B. To enter level 4 honours, a satisfactory performance in level 3 honours is required as well as the fulfilment of College regulations

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%).

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

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 the 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.