Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
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Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 3,000 word qualitative essay.  Assessd essay which provides a critical evaluation of the methods that you would use to undertake a research project of your choice. You must use at least two qualitative techniques. Justify your choice of methods and explain how these methods can be combined.  50%
Semester Assessment 3,000 word text Analysis  Analyse an historical or contemporary text.  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • An ability to apply a variety of different social science methods to their research project.
  • An awareness of mixed method approaches.
  • An understanding of the different data generating processes.
  • An understanding of the epistemological and methodological difficulties associated with different techniques.
  • An ability to use computer software associated with the analysis of qualitative data.
  • An awareness of the ethical issues surrounding data collection and analysis.


  • Combining methods
  • Data sources and context
  • Internet data collection
  • Survey design and interviewing
  • Questionnaire design
  • The nature and use of qualitative data
  • Focus groups
  • Participant observation
  • Semi-structured interviewing
  • Archival and documentary analysis
  • Content and discourse analysis

Brief description

This module is designed to be an integral component of the new RT masters courses which the University has introduced. Through this module Masters and PhD students will gain a broad knowledge of a range of methodological and analytical skills which they can apply in a variety of research contexts.


This module aims to give students a broad knowledge of a range of methodological and analytical skills, which they can apply in a variety of research contexts. The course is designed to give students a grounding in the basic principles of qualitative research methodology. It will provide students with an introduction to the major methods of qualitative data collection and analysis, how qualitative data are actively constructed and interpreted by the researcher, and an appreciation of the practical and epistemological concerns raised by qualitative data collection. This will include a consideration of interviewing techniques and qualitative data analysis.


This module is at CQFW Level 7