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EQ932 - Advanced Research Methods 2: Qualitative Methodology (PhD variant)

  • Module code: EQ932
  • Module name: Advanced Research Methods 2: Qualitative Methodology (PhD variant)
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Advanced Research Methods I, II and III are usually taken together. These three interrelated modules strengthen understanding of the interconnected layers of educational research. Each module progressively develops understanding within and between each stream of research training: the nature of research enquiry encourages analysis of the epistemological and theoretical issues underlying enquiry and their relationship to problem formulation, research design and strategy; qualitative research methods develops understanding of a range of subject-specific research strategies including discourse analysis, ethnography, action research and experimental methods; quantitative research methods develops knowledge of sampling, problems of error and bias, assessing the validity of data, as well as interpretation of results. Methodological issues and statistical techniques will be introduced through discussion of research papers and the statistical package SPSS. The importance of interconnecting qualitative and quantitative methods will be addressed in each module.

Principal learning outcomes

• Understanding the different theoretical traditions informing particular qualitative methodologies • Understand the place of qualitative methodology in the process of research design • Develop understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research methodology • Recognise the potential of mixed-methods approaches in educational research • Develop understanding of the nature of qualitative data and how to analyse such data, including the use of appropriate software packages Learn how to set up qualitative data bases and use ICT to support the process.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 study days

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Other essential notes

The module will be used as part of the PhD upgrade process from MPhil to PhD (along with an upgrade paper) a pass at Masters Level (50) will ensure that the student has understood the research requirements of the PhD. There will be three module assessments - students will be required to choose two (this being one of the three). This module will run alongside IE911 Advanced Research Methods 2: Qualitative Methodology which is taken by our EdD students

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EQ932-20)
A (Assessed work only) 3500 word assignment 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Research Education (X3X7) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Research Education (X3X7) - Year 1