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Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2023

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About the course

The course is divided in three modules. During the first part of the course the historical background and recent developments of qualitative research methods are introduced. Basic ontological and epistemological assumptions are discussed. Attention is also directed to subjects such as research ethics, analytical procedures, presentation of results, and transferability. During the second part of the course different qualitative traditions are presented, in order to gain a more in-depth understanding of qualitative research practice. This part consists of both theoretical discussion and practical exercises. The third part of the course is dedicated to the individual examination paper. In this paper students are expected to reflect on the ontological and epistemological assumptions and/or the practice of qualitative research methods in relation to one or several of the traditions presented during the course.

The course is taught in English.

Application and eligibility

Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences, 7.5 credits


31 October 2023


14 January 2024

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Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

90 credits in a main field of study within the social sciences including a thesis of 15 credits, or equivalent eligibility. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6. Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies. Entry requirements


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Application and tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK 900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK 11,625

Total fee

SEK 11,625

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Course is given by
Department of Sociology
Contactperson for the course is:
Department of Sociology