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Qualitative Research Methods MPH105

This is an introductory course in qualitative research methods for Master students in Pre-hospital Critical Care. The course focuses on developing the student’s understanding of what characterises qualitative research, including its applicability, fundamental concepts, choice of methods, different phases, and ethical considerations, as well as providing insight into some of the challenges surrounding quality appraisal in qualitative research.

Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.

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Qualitative methods

Literature studies

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The candidate

  • Has thorough knowledge of the field of qualitative research, methodologies and methods
  • Can apply knowledge of qualitative methods to new areas and address research problems within the field of prehospital critical care
  • Can analyse qualitative studies and appraise their quality, on the basis of the history, traditions, and distinctive character of qualitative research as an academic field


The candidate

  • Can analyze and critically assess different sources of information on qualitative methods and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • Can analyze the application of qualitative methods in prehospital critical care and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • Can outline an independent, limited qualitative research project related to own research interest, in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics

General competence

The candidate

  • Can analyze and critically reflect on academic, professional and research ethical problems in qualitative research within prehospital critical care
  • Can apply knowledge and skills in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
  • Can communicate independent work, using academic language and terminology

Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
MPH100 Quantitative Research Methods
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam 1/1 14 Days Letter grades

The assessment is conducted as a 14 day home exam in form of an essay.  

Coursework requirements
80 % attendance
80% class attendance. If more than 50% attendance is achieved the student may apply for individual evaluation. The student may, if the faculty finds the basis sufficient, be given an extended written assignment.
Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Gudrun Songøygard Battin
Course teacher: Daniel Adrian Lungu
Study Program Director: Per Kristian Hyldmo
Method of work
Lectures, group work and individual work.
Course assessment
Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Scientific Methods (MPH100) 5
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