Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis

Module code: SY7035

In this module you will consider the typical course of qualitative research - from ethics and access to data analysis. We will explore the main traditions of qualitative research and review different methodologies of data collection and analysis, such as qualitative interviews, focus groups, ethnography and participant observation, content analysis and related coding protocols. We will also review the main objectives of case studies, process tracing and comparisons in qualitative research.

The goal of this module is specifically to choose the best qualitative research tools for a particular research question and to make the research 'work' at all stages.


  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 130 hours of guided independent study


  • Essay, 2,500 words (70%)
  • Analysis Exercise, 500-800 words (30%)