Qualitative methods in health science research 7.5 Credits

Kvalitativa metoder i hälsovetenskaplig forskning
Second cycle, O7062H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 12 Feb 2016

Last revised
by 31 Oct 2018

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Nursing Science
Main field of study
Occupational Therapy

Entry requirements

Bachelor or degree in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, health sciences of 180 credits or equivalent. Course in quantitative and qualitative methodology at advanced level.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completion of their course, students must be able to:
- Critically reflect on starting points of theoretical science for different types of qualitative methods
- Identify important questions in their own main subject area that can be answered using qualitative methods
- Critically reflect on and argue for the strengths and weaknesses of different qualitative data collection methods
- Critically reflect on the selection process for qualitative methods
- Critically reason on the value of different methods of qualitative analysis for generating new knowledge within their main subject area
- Discuss and argue for the selection of different qualitative methods within their own main subject area
- Analyse and argue for the selection of qualitative data collection methods and analysis methods related to significant issues in their subject area
- Reason critically on methods related to qualitative methods, as well as their own selected method
- Discuss and argue for ethical aspects of research that are important for qualitative methods
- Critically reflect on the principles for publication of qualitative studies


The starting points of theoretical science for qualitative methods

Different types of qualitative data collection

The selection process using qualitative methods

Different types of qualitative analysis methods

Credibility aspects using qualitative methods

Research ethics related to qualitative methods

Principles for the publication of qualitative studies


The implementation of the course assumes that students actively search for knowledge and can solve problems by means of an exploratory and critically reflective working method. This means that students take full responsibility for their studies by actively contributing to achieving the goals of the course through planning both contents and time. The contents of the course are assimilated through literature studies, lectures and seminars. The course is given as a distance education and is completely web-based, and thus requires the use of a computer with a webcam.

To pass the course, students must achieve the goals of the course through the following examination tasks:  
1.    An individual, written report
2.    A seminar with an opponent and respondent

Grade criteria for G and VG are specified in the Study Guide.


This course is given for second-cycle studies. The course may be taught in English.
Study supervision is provided in the course room in Canvas.

Åsa Engström

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2016 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Holloway, I., & Wheeler, S. (2010). Qualitative Research in Nursing and Healthcare (3rd ed.). Somerset, NJ, USA: John Wiley & Sons (The literature is available as eBook).
Kvale, S., & Brinkmann, S. (2014). Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. (3 uppl.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Patton, M.Q. (2015). Qualitative Research & Evaluation Methods. (4th ed.). London: Sage Publications Inc.

Optional literature based on the qualitative method selected.

Articles in addition.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

0001Written individual report5.0TG U G VG
0002Seminar2.5TG U G#