autumn 2018

HEL-8028 Analysing Qualitative Data - 3 ECTS

Sist endret: 11.02.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Health Sciences


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Registration deadline for PhD students and students at the Medical Student Research Program at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway: September 1st

Application deadline for other applicants: June 1st. Application code 9303 in Søknadsweb.

Type of course

PhD course. This course is available as a singular course.

Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that they are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in English - PhD level studies  

Recommended prerequisites

HEL-8025 Qualitative Methods in Health Research, or equivalent.

Course content

This is an advanced course relevant for all PhD and MPhil students in health services research fields, including the health sciences and public health, and for those working in social science.

Students will get the opportunity to learn about qualitative methodologies (perspectives, analytical strategies and theoretical framing), and to put their knowledge into practice by conducting qualitative interpretations of qualitative data of different kinds. Theories, perspectives and methods from a wide range of research traditions will be discussed, such as Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Narrative Analysis, Case Studies and Thematic Analysis.

Students will be encouraged to consider the value and applicability of methods for health research study development, and will learn how to apply what they have learned through practical skills-development sessions.

Recommended prerequisites

HEL-8025 Qualitative Methods in Health Research

Objectives of the course


  • Knowledge necessary to perform research with complex study designs based on qualitative methodologies, particularly emphasizing the phase of data analysis, and knowledge about how to write up the results.


  • be able to consider and apply the most appropriate methodologies for analyzing various forms of qualitative data through qualitative interpretation;
  • be able to distinguish various forms of interpretive methodologies and to evaluate the appropriateness of different methodologies for different research questions;
  • be able to how to critically appraise publications based on qualitative data and methods; and
  • be able to how to facilitate a theory-based qualitative analysis of qualitative data, and how to discuss their findings in relation to theoretical frameworks.


  • be well-versed in literature related to qualitative research skills, including theoretical approaches to methodology, and
  • be able to conduct and critically analyse qualitative data in a variety of forms.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

The course will include didactic teaching including lectures and power-point presentations, small and large group-working sessions, and interactive discussion and feedback. There will be a mixture of teacher-led and student-led activities throughout each day of the course, and students will be expected to take an active and dynamic part in all coursework. Individual reading towards knowledge assimilation will also be a requirement, and pre-coursework in the form of reading for each session and consideration of issues raised within specific journal articles will be outlined before the course commences.


Work requirements

Compulsory attendance, minimum 80 %.

Examination and assessment

A written home assignment (essay) over two weeks on a given topic (2-3000 words), written alone. Graded as pass/fail. Language: English.

A re-sit exam may be arranged in the subsequent term. Registration deadline for re-sit exam is January 15th.

Date for examination

A written home assignment (essay) over two weeks hand out date 15.11.2018 hand in date 29.11.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


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Strømmesen, Janne Elisabeth

Telefon: +4777660349

PhD students at UiT

PhD students and students at the Student Research Program at UiT register for the course through StudentWeb

Registration for the autumn semester starts June 1st.

External applicants

External applicants apply through SøknadsWeb

Choose the code 9303 and write the course code (HEL-8028) in the remark field. You'll find a manual for SøknadsWeb here.

Remember to upload documentation of your education, or documentation of your status as a PhD student / student at a student research programme.

For questions regarding application:

Useful information for external students (in Norwegian/English)

Course information

Lectures 2018: Monday - Thursday week 45

Take home exam: Not yet set