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Foundations of Qualitative Research


This module will provide a solid foundation in understanding and applying a range of qualitative data collection methods.  It aims to: Develop understanding of a range of different approaches to conducting qualitative research (e.g. ethnography, case study, narrative research) and methods through which data can be collected (e.g. interviews, focus groups, secondary data and observation).  You will also develop hands-on experience of undertaking some of these approaches in order to develop students' own competence in carrying out qualitative research.

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of a range of qualitative research methodologies and techniques
  • Select and apply qualitative research methods appropriately to a specific research scenario 
  • Communicate the outcomes of research and reflective inquiry in appropriate forms
  • Demonstrate critical and ethical reflection on one's own research practice 

This is an SCQF Level 8 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



This module will last for 12 weeks.  Please note the module will be delivered at Paisley and Lanarkshire campuses.

Timetable information (subject to change): 

  • Lectures: Online Wednesday mornings, 10am to 11.30pm (starting 18th September 2024)
  • Workshops: Thursdays, 10am to 12pm, 11am to 1pm or 1pm to 3pm (starting 26th September 2024, both campuses)


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Dr Diarmuid McDonnell.



This course may be available on a fully funded basis to some delegates.  Further details, including regarding eligibility, are available under Funding Support.

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NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.


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