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Physiotherapy: Design and application of qualitative methodology 7.5 credits

Fysioterapi: Design och tillämpning av kvalitativ metod
Second cycle, S7045H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study

Entry requirements

Bachelor in physical therapy

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After the course the student should with a critical perspective be able to:
  • Explain, compare and argue for different qualitative research designs and methods in relation to theoretical perspectives on science
  • Critically evaluate and discuss qualitative research designs and methods relevant to physiotherapy
  • Design a qualitative data collection and analysis for an issue of relevance to physiotherapy, with in-depth discussion of method choices and research ethics positions

Qualitative research design, including the design of qualitative studies in relation to intervention
Qualitative methods for data collection and analysis
Research-ethical aspects of qualitative research designs
Scientific theoretical grounds for qualitative methodology
Gender equality and diversity perspectives in qualitative research

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is given using distance learning methodology, and is web-based. The studies require computer skills and internet access, as well as a headset and a webcam. The course has its pedagogical basis in LTU’s pedagogical idea. This working method is founded on the idea that each student should be inspired to become engaged, as well as independent and active learning that challenges her/his abilities. The student shall actively seek out and solve problems through exploratory and critically reflective working methods. The course is read together with occupational therapy master’s students with subject specialisation. The teaching is conducted through literature studies, lectures, seminars, oral and written presentations and independent project work.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Achievement of the course is evaluated continuously, and to obtain a passing grade the student must have fulfilled the objectives of the course. Achievement of the objectives is assessed in writing and orally through assignments, seminars and presentations.

The grading criteria for G (Pass) and VG (Pass with distinction) are specified in the study guide.

Lars Nyberg

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Holloway, I., & Galvin, K. (2016). Qualitative research in nursing and healthcare. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Höglund Nielsen, B., & Granskär, M. (2017). Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso-och sjukvård. 3. uppl. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Kvale, S., & Brinkmann, S. (2014). Den kvalitativa forskningsintervjun. 3.[rev.] uppl. Lund: Studentlitteratur

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003SeminarsU G#3.00MandatoryA21
0004Individual written assignmentU G VG4.50MandatoryA21

Syllabus established
by 11 Feb 2021

Last revised