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Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education

You explore and contextualise the use of qualitative research methods based on an understanding of the theoretical philosophical underpinnings of qualitative methodologies. You focus on the use of qualitative methods in health and social care settings in order to access subjective experiences of individuals to allow for a greater understanding of the complexity of the human condition.


Course overview

This award is aimed at those undertaking the MRes Clinical Research, or who wish to undertake qualitative research.

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Where you study

At the University or through distance learning


Course details

What you study

Topics covered include:

  • major schools of thought and their link to methodology and method
  • specific theoretical perspectives
  • sampling strategies in qualitative research
  • data-collection tools and their use in qualitative research
  • data-analysis strategies and their relationship to different qualitative methodologies
  • evaluation of qualitative research and a critique of the different models available
  • presentation and reporting of findings in qualitative research
  • issues and components of reflexivity throughout the qualitative process
  • ethical implications of qualitative research methods.

How you learn

Both face-to-face and online delivery will be used to allow flexibility and provide you with the opportunity to learn entirely in attendance, at a distance or through a combination of the two (flexible-learning).

For attending students, keynote lectures introduce theoretical concepts and individual and group-based exercises encourage the application of this theory to practice.

For distance-learning students, recorded lectures are available on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) e-learning@tees on a weekly basis following the same timetable as the class-based sessions. Individual exercises and activities requiring discussion through the VLE communication tools are used to encourage the application of theory to practice.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in two parts, each carrying 50% of the overall award mark. Part 1 is a project proposal in which you write 2,000 words on a given clinical-research problem. This is submitted by Week 9. Part 2 of the assignment consists of the selection and application of a data analysis method to a verbatim transcribed interview which is provided by the teaching team. This report consists of a 2,000-word report and is submitted in Week 12.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a relevant degree at 2.2 level or above. International applicants require IELTS level 7 or above. Applicants with non-standard entry requirements are considered on an individual basis.



2022/23 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 11 weeks
  • Start date: October
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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