AM521917 - Qualitative Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment/Home examination/Oral
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 15/100
Group assignment 35/100
Home examination 50/100 72 hours A

Course content

  • The theoretical basis for qualitative research
  • Research design, rationale and example case studies
  • Data collection, observational studies, in depth interviews, documentary research methods etc.
  • Data analysis and the use of software for qualitative analysis
  • Interpretation, validity, reliability and ethical considerations in qualitative research

Learning outcome


The course gives students insights into the principles of qualitative research methods as well as the challenges associated with this kind of research. The course focuses on encouraging students to reflect on how different methods can produce different types of qualitative data.


Students will gain experience of using relevant data generation and analytical methods through practical exercises and tasks.

General competence:

Students will develop a good theoretical grounding in the use of qualitative research methods and be able to apply these to the thesis stage of the Master program.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, workshops, presentation of research articles and group projects. Lectures present and discuss different designs for qualitative research projects. Workshops give students the opportunity to explore and try out different methods for collecting data.

Further on evaluation

A portfolio assessment. This comprises two assessments to be completed during the course that will contribute to the final grade, and one final home exam.  Students must gain a pass in all obligatory assessments in order to be admitted to the final exam. If students miss or fail one or both of the graded assessments, these assessments must be retaken and passed in the autumn semester the following academic year, so that the student can be admitted to the final exam of that year. Students who wish to retake one or both of the graded assessments for the purpose of improving a passed grade can only do this in the autumn semester of the following academic year.

Required previous knowledge

As for the study programme.

Course materials

A list of course material will be available at the beginning of the course.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Economics and Administration
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of International Business


Examination arrangement: Assignment/Home examination/Oral

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 50/100 A





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Group assignment 35/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 15/100 2021-09-27 14:00
Room Building Number of candidates
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