Qualitative Methods in Applied Health Research

Module code: MD7433

Module co-ordinators: Dr Susan Wallace, Liz Brewster


  • Epistemological and ontological assumptions underlying qualitative research methodologies
  • Identifying research questions for qualitative enquiry
  • Developing a critical and reflexive approach
  • Designing and planning a qualitative research project including consideration of ethical issues and research data management
  • Conducting interviews, focus groups and ethnographic observation
  • Approaches to the analysis of qualitative data (including open coding and the constant comparative method, discourse analysis and visual analysis)
  • Using qualitative analysis software
  • Critical appraisal of qualitative research papers
  • Communicating findings of qualitative research


  • 18 one-hour lectures
  • 12 one-hour seminars
  • 6 hours of fieldwork


  • Critical appraisal of research paper (30%)
  • Essay, 3,000 words (70%)