MH3008 - Qualitative Research Methods in Medicine and Health Sciences


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

Upon completion of MH3004 the student is able to
• plan and carry out data collection and analysis, as well as present the results from a qualitative study
• describe the epistemological and methodological basis of qualitative methods
• discuss strengths and weaknesses with qualitative methods for data collection and analytical approaches
• conduct individual interviews, participatory observation, and focus group interviews
• carry out analysis of qualitative data and write up the results
• evaluate validity and reliability in qualitative studies

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures.
Lectures, seminars, exercise-assignments, also in groups.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 Written assignments

Further on evaluation

Two approved written exercises. The approved exercises are valid through the following two semesters (one years after approval) if the students do not finalize his/her exam the same year as the exercises.
Home examination with duration 1 week. The exam is given in Inspera if not any other information is given.
Reservation is made according to type of evaluation in case of postponed examination.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Advanced Clinical Nursing (VAKSP)
Cancer Nursing (VKRESP)
Clinical Nursing (MKLISP)
Intensive Care Nursing (VISP)
Nurse Anaesthesia (VASP)
Operating Room Nursing (VOSP)
Paediatric Nursing (VBASP)
Public Health (MFHLS)

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
MH3004 7.5 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund , Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.
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 Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE





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





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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