Postgraduate taught 

Psychological Studies (conversion) MSc

Applied Qualitative Methods (PGT Conv) EDUC5835

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces specialised qualitative methods which offer different approaches to analysis for the researcher. This course will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of different qualitative approaches in terms of data collection methods and process of analysis.


Lectures - 11 sessions plus three one hour seminars. 

Excluded Courses




Lab Report (100%) Empirical write up in format of journal article, 2000 words




In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. 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 are listed below in this box.

Course Aims

This course aims to prepare students to design, select, execute and evaluate a range of qualitative methods suited to different aspects of psychological enquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Identify and select data collection techniques that best suit the purpose of qualitative enquiry

Formulate appropriate research questions suited to promoting qualitative enquiry

Explain the different epistemological principles underpinning different qualitative analysis techniques

Develop analytic skills for commonly used advanced qualitative methods

Develop a critical understanding of indices of rigour and quality when reviewing research papers which utilise qualitative methods

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.