Qualitative Health Research
Health and Social Care (School of)
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 18 January 2021
Monday 22 March 2021
05 April 2019
Requisites for this module
MSC B99012 Health Research,
MSC B990MO Health Research,
MA B99112 Health and Organisational Research,
MPHDB79748 Health Studies,
PHD B79748 Health Studies
A general introduction to process of qualitative research applied to the study of issues of health and illness. This course places a central focus on processes and practices of qualitative research. At the end of this course students will be aware of central issues in the conduct of qualitative research.
This module runs at Colchester campus.
The overall purpose of the course is for students to develop an understanding of the qualitative research methodologies in a health and social care research context.
By the end of the course students will have acquired the following skills and be able to apply them:
Comprehension of basic principles of qualitative research, including the processes involved in generating and application of qualitative research questions
Competence in understanding and applying a range of qualitative research methods
Ability to manage qualitative data and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics.
Understanding the significance of qualitative epistemological positions, and how they relate to quantitative research design and mixed method research design.
This module examines qualitative research methods in a broad health context, from qualitative epistemologies through to qualitative research design through to data analysis and final project write up. Emphasis in the course is placed on the need to let the research question dictate the chosen method. The implications of this approach to social research will provide a vehicle for discussion of the principles of research design for the duration of the course, making the
explicit link throughout the course between research questions and research methods. The course will outline a systematic range of processes involved in the application of a qualitative epistemology to health related research. It will pay particular attention to the benefits of qualitative research (in terms of moving beyond levels of description towards levels of explanation, or gaining a deeper experiential understanding of health processes) whilst also pointing to some of the central limitations of qualitative research.
Minimum enrolment 4
Please note that if insufficient numbers of students (i.e. <10) opt to take this module we may have to cancel it at short notice. If this is the case we will of course notify anyone who has applied to take this course in a particular term as soon as possible and offer an opportunity to discuss alternative options.
Lectures, seminars and data analysis workshops. Students will be required to collect primary qualitative data collection and primary or secondary qualitative data analysis
- (2016) Researching social life, London: SAGE.
- (2014) Qualitative research practice: a guide for social science students and researchers, London: SAGE.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||3,000 word research report
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ewen Speed, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Ewen Speed
Tel: 01206 872 847
Senior Student Administrator
Dr Nicola Clarke
Birmingham City University
Senior Lecturer/Professional Navigator/Academic Advisor/Seda Accredited Doctoral
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 18 (90%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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