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Qualitative Research Enquiry 4H PSYCH4096

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course supports students to build on their existing foundation skills in qualitative enquiry, considering the central role of theory and epistemology which can inform onward planning, design, and interpretation of findings. Different approaches to analysis such as IPA, Thematic Analysis and more Discursive approaches are explored. The course introduces skills in working with computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software. In parallel, we develop reflective and ethical skills pertinent to supporting high quality, qualitative enquiry.


10 hours of contact time over a 5 week block

Requirements of Entry

Qualitative Project 3H (PSYCH4057)

Excluded Courses





1. Small group led design and production of a learning aid (1000 words/75%) which describes and evaluates (in a summarised format) one main approach to qualitative analysis (such as IPA, Thematic Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Content Analysis etc).

2. Individual submission (500 words/25%): Reflecting on the research process in terms of own 'positionality', particularly, the influence on decision making and interpretation in qualitative research enquiry.

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. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will 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

This course aims to develop more advanced theoretical, practical, and professional skills in qualitative enquiry, including accessing different forms of qualitative data and recognising the role of theory in aligning with qualitative analysis options. The course reflects contemporary developments in the field such as use of computer meditated analysis, creative methods and the role of internet mediated data.  Developing a critical, ethical, participatory lens is central to achieving the course aims.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to;


■ Recognise the role of theory drawn from the social sciences and humanities which can be used to help inform the qualitative research process 


■ Select appropriate method of qualitative analysis that offer a good fit to research questions (theoretical alignment) and source of qualitative data


■ Implement computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software to facilitate the qualitative analysis 


■ Design and produce a learning aid that provides an overview of one type of qualitative analysis technique 


■ Recognise and implement opportunities to engage in ethical and reflective practice during qualitative research enquiry.

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.