Psychology BSc/MA/MA(SocSci)

Qualitative Project 3H PSYCH4057

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus 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

4 x 1 hour practical sessions.

7 x 10-15 minute online lectures

Online support via Moodle forums

Excluded Courses



A collaborative research report psychology lab report of 2700 words (85%). Students will write the collaborative report in pairs. Students will also produce a 300 word reflection piece (still written in pairs) about how the students have acted on the formative feedback from their tutors and engaged with the peer review 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 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.