MY429      Half Unit
Special Topics in Qualitative Research Methods

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Martin Bauer Col.8.04


This course is available on the MSc Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Gender (Research) and MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


The course will assume good knowledge of qualitative research methods as covered in MY421.

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide understanding and competence to students in advanced qualitative research methods used in leading-edge social research.

The content of the course will change from year to year. Possible topics include forms of textual analysis such as rhetorical and argumentation analysis, computerised text analysis, biographical research methods, diary methods, experience sampling and bemetology, qualitative evaluation research, etc.

Details of the content for any one year will be available from the Department of Methodology office.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the LT.

Formative coursework

One piece of assessed coursework (max. 1,500 words).

Indicative reading

Readings for this course will vary according to the topics covered each year. A reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course.


One 3,000 word written report (100%) on ONE from a choice of THREE exercises. To be submitted at the beginning of the Summer term.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2012/13: 2

Average class size 2012/13: 2

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills