SMED8015 - Qualitative Research Methods


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Approved report
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Approved report 100/100 ALLE

Course content

Qualitative research methods are well suited in order to study personal experiences, understanding, reflections and reasoning. The course has a strong focus on the practical aspects of conducting a qualitative study, with practical tasks in conducting interviews, do analysis and write a methods and result presentation.

There are lectures on what qualitative methods are, theoretical background, practical advice and presentations of the steps in a qualitative study and different approaches to qualitative methods. Examples etc. are chosen based on having relevance for clinical and health sciences research in a medical (natural science) research tradition.

Learning outcome

Knowledge of main principles of qualitative research and practical experience with data collection and methods of analysis relevant for clinical and health sciences research

LEARNING OUTCOME: When fullfilled SMED8015, the students are able to carry through qualitative research studies which is in front of the tematic research field.

KNOWLEDGE: After completed course, the students are able to consider the adequacy and suitability of the different qualitative research methods.

SKILLS: After completed course, the students are able to plan and carry out group based and individual qualitative interviews. The students are able to consider the suitability in different methods to analyse text data.

GENERAL COMPETENCE: After completed course, the students are able to carry through new qualitative resarch projects.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and assignments, with most of the work done in groups. The course report, which is used for assessment of the course, is done in groups. The subject is only held if there are minimum three students registered. The teaching is delivered during one week from Monday 08.30 to Thursday 16.00 , usually in week 5. A one day compulsory exam seminar is held approximately 8 weeks later. In the time between the teaching and the exam seminar the students works in groups.

Compulsory assignments

  • Two written assignments and transcribed interwiew
  • Comment on exam seminar

Further on evaluation

The assessment is based on a course report which is discussed with both the other students and the examiners at a exam seminar which it is compulsory to attend. To get a grade (pass/not pass), all compulsory activities must be approved.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Masters degree. Persons admitted to a PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences have priority.

Course materials

Kirsti Malterud (2017). Kvalitative metoder i medisinsk forskning (4.utgave). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. 256 sider. ISBN: 9788215028286.

Kirsti Malterud (2012). Fokusgrupper som forskningsmetode for medisin og helsefag. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget. 168 sider. ISBN: 9788215020464. The set books has to be read before the start of the course due to the course being held during one week. In addition to the set books, there will be information about a number of articles about at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HLS3004 2.5
KLH3015 5.0
MH3004 5.0
PH3001 5.0
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Approved report

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Approved report 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
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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