MET410 - Qualitative Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 50/100
work 50/100

Course content

The course focuses on the following topics
- how to understand qualitative research
- research questions, research design and how to delineate projects
- the role of theory in qualitative research
- different methods for data-collection: observations, interviews, document studies etc
- data analysis and use of software
- interpretation, research quality, ethics in qualitative research

Learning outcome

Students should have an advanced understanding of principles for qualitative research processes and their challenges.
They should be able to reflect on how choices of data collection and analytic methods influence the project results.

Students should know of and understand a range of available elements in qualitative research projects.
Students should understand principles of and be able to collect and analyse qualitative data, as well as understand the practical implications of different choices.

General understanding:
Students should acquire a sound basis to apply qualitative methods for their master thesis and other research- and investigative projects.

Learning methods and activities

A combination of lectures, presentations, group and independent assignments.
Lectures will to some extent be used to present and discuss a variety of qualitative research design.
Student participation is expected. In addition a variety of group assignments will be presented to train students in different qualitative methodologies.

Further on evaluation

Course evaluation will be based on a portfolio of individual assignments and a group assignment, each weighted at 50%.

Students who do not pass the course may retake one part of the assignments.

Students who whish to improve their grade must retake all assignments.

In the case of a resit the evaluation form may be changed.

Admission to study programme is required, see "special conditions".

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Accounting and Auditing (MRR)
Economics (MSØK)
Economics (MSØK/5)
Economics and Business Administration (ØAMSC)
Industrial Economics and Technology Management (MTIØT)
International Business and Marketing (860MIB)
International Business and Marketing (861MIBE)
Management of Technology (ØAMLT)

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Course literature will be announced at the latest in the beginning of the course.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
NTNU Business School



Examination arrangement: Assignment and Work

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 50/100

Release 2020-09-25

Submission 2020-10-01

Release 08:00

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 50/100

Release 2020-10-12

Submission 2020-10-19

Release 08:00

Submission 14:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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