This is an introductory course in qualitative research methods for Master students in Prehospital 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 tensions surrounding quality appraisal in qualitative research.
Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
Semester tution start
Number of semesters
Language of instruction
Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences
A candidate who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
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 pre-hospital 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
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 pre-hospital 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
can analyze and critically reflect on academic, professional and research ethical problems in qualitative research within pre-hospital critical care
can apply knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects
can communicate independent work, using academic language and terminology
Required prerequisite knowledge
MPH100 Quantitative Research Methods
Form of assessment
A - F
The assessment is organized as a home exam.
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.
Gudrun Songøygard Battin
Study Program Director:
Per Kristian Hyldmo
Method of work
Lectures, group work and individual work.
Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.