MH3004 - Qualitative Research Methods in Medicine and Health Sciences


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days ALLE

Course content

The course introduces qualitative methodology. During the course, students learn about when and how qualitative methods are relevant to answer research questions. The course addresses questions of theoretical perspectives, design, sampling, data collection, analysis, reporting results, and evaluation of study quality. The aim of the course is to give students practical experience with data collection, analysis and writing up results.

Learning outcome


The student

• Is familiar with, and able to refer to theory of science fundamental for qualitative methods?

• can discuss strengths and weaknesses of different methods for data collection and analytical approaches

• has substantial knowledge on validity and reliability in qualitative studies

• is familiar with the history, traditions, and characteristics of qualitative methods

• inherits substantial knowledge on ethical guidelines for qualitative methods in health science research


The student is able to

• design a qualitative study under supervision

• carry out different qualitative methods for data collection

• analyze and present the results from a qualitative study

• consider and evaluate ethical issues for a qualitative study

General competency:

The student

• is familiar with terminology used in qualitative methods

• is able to use their knowledge and skills on new areas in order to carry out research with qualitative methods

• can communicate about qualitative methods with professionals and lay people

• can critically read journal articles using qualitative methods and make use of knowledge from articles with qualitative methods

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures. Lectures, seminars, exercise-assignments, group work.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 Written assignments

Further on evaluation

Two approved written exercises. The approved exercises are valid through the following two semesters (one year after approval) if the students do not finalize their exam the same year as the exercises. Home examination with duration 3 days. The exam is given in Inspera if not otherwise specified. If the exam is postponed, the form of evaluation could be changed.

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a master's programme at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Scienes. Other students may be accepted after an individual assessment.

Course materials

To be announced

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3015 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
HLS3004 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
PH3001 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
MDV6282 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
SMED8015 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
MH3008 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund , Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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