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Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme


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An Overview Of Qualitative Data Collection And Analysis

Tue 20 Oct, Tue 27 Oct, ... Tue 10 Nov 2020


With such a large variety of qualitative research methods to choose from, creating a research design can be confusing and difficult without a sufficiently informed overview. This module aims to provide an overview by introducing qualitative data collection and analysis methods commonly used in social science research. The module provides a foundation for other SSRMP qualitative methods modules such as ethnography, discourse analysis, interviews, or diary research. Knowing what is ‘out there’ will help a researcher purposefully select further modules to study on, provide readings to deepen knowledge on specific methods, and will facilitate a more informed research design that contributes to successful empirical research.

NB. This module has video content that needs watching prior to the advertised start date. Please register on the module's Moodle page by 12th October, 2020

Target audience
  • University Students from Tier 1 Departments
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Students are expected to engage with the Moodle material (videos, tasks) before the first live session on the 20th of October 2020. This is why the starting date is the 13th of October 2020.


Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 20 Oct 2020   12:30 - 13:00 12:30 - 13:00 SSRMP Zoom Elisabeth Sandler
2 Tue 27 Oct 2020   12:30 - 13:00 12:30 - 13:00 SSRMP Zoom Elisabeth Sandler
3 Tue 3 Nov 2020   12:30 - 13:30 12:30 - 13:30 SSRMP Zoom Elisabeth Sandler
4 Tue 10 Nov 2020   12:30 - 13:00 12:30 - 13:00 SSRMP Zoom Elisabeth Sandler
Topics covered
  • Session 1: qualitative interviews
  • Session 2: participant observation and solicited diaries
  • Session 3: different forms of qualitative data analysis
  • Session 4: rigour, research ethics, participant relationships
  • To provide students with an overview of different qualitative methods commonly used in social science research and consider how they fit within a research design
  • To critically examine a number of different qualitative methods for data collection and analysis
  • To encourage students to give careful and thoughtful consideration of the best method/s for their own research
Course Start

Online course start: 13 October (Moodle online material).

Suggested Reading
  • Bryman, A. (2016) Social Research Methods. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Creswell, J. (2013) Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches. 3rd ed. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC: SAGE Publications, Inc.
  • Gibbs, G. R. (2018) Analyzing Qualitative Data. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne: SAGE Publications.
  • Grbich, C. (2013) Qualitative Data Analysis: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC: SAGE Publications Ltd.
  • Saldaña, J. (2016) The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers. 3rd ed. London, Thousand Oaks, New Delhi, Singapore: SAGE Publications, Inc.

An optional assessment consisting of open-ended questions will be available at the end of the module. The assessment is not compulsory and only for those students whose department or faculty requires a grade. Students should get in touch with their department or faculty and let the lecturer know as soon as possible if an assessment is needed.

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Qualitative Methods

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