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This course provides a theoretical grounding and practical knowledge in the field of qualitative research.

Summary

Study Qualitative Research Methods at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

This course provides a theoretical grounding and practical knowledge and skills in the field of qualitative research, including the use of computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software. The module sensitises students to the perspectives, methods and practices of qualitative research design and analysis; and to their claims, applications and limits. Throughout, issues of ethics, access and accountability are raised and explored; and issues of application and limitation of different qualitative approaches in different exampled research contexts. By the end of the course, participants are expected to be conversant with qualitative research perspectives and methods, skilled in the techniques of qualitative research design and data collection, and competent in both manual and computer-aided qualitative data analysis, and will be required to demonstrate their newly acquired competencies in a mini qualitative research project.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201617/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13208

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This course provides a theoretical grounding and practical knowledge in the field of qualitative research, including the use of CAQDAS (computer assisted qualitative data analysis software).

The course provides participants with perspectives, methods and practices of qualitative research design and analysis. The course focuses on the qualitative research process in three parts: (i) the path ‘from theory to text’ considers the approaches, assumptions and developments of the three basic theoretical and methodological positions in qualitative research; (ii) the path ‘from text back to theory’ details qualitative data handling, analysis and interpretive understanding of the text towards the generation of theory; and (iii) the intersection of these two paths is represented by the gathering of verbal or visual data within a specific research design. Throughout, the course raises and explores issues of ethics, access and accountability as well as issues of application and limitation of different qualitative approaches in different exampled research contexts. By the end of the course, participants will be conversant with qualitative research perspectives and methods, skilled in the techniques of qualitative research design and data collection, and competent in both manual and computer-aided qualitative data analysis, and will demonstrate their competencies in a mini qualitative research project.

The course is aimed at those from social sciences backgrounds employed in the public, private and voluntary sectors and individuals outside of these sectors who may wish to update and/or develop their research skills.

Linked programmes

PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development, PgDip/MSc Social Research Skills (Distance Learning)

Assessment

A number of assessments, including an essay and online PowerPoint presentation, culminate in a mini qualitative project on a chosen topic. A reflective learning log and short online test complete the assessment.

Attendance

This course is delivered online for 12 weeks with no required on-campus attendance.

Entry requirements

Normally, a degree in one of the social sciences or a cognate area.

English Language Requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University, which is a minimum acceptable score for the British Council IELTS of 6.0 (with no contributing band of less than 5.5) or equivalent.

Start dates

  • 30 January 2017
How to apply

Apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pgsc

How to apply

Start dates

  • 30 January 2017

Fees and funding

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Prices

Northern Ireland & EU:
£858.30
England, Scotland & Wales:
£858.30
International:
£2,144.70

Fees information

http://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/fees/payment_policy_1617.pdf

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available at http://addl.ulster.ac.uk/docs/FlexiblePathwaysApplication201516.docx

Contact

Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680