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Qualitative Methods

7.5 credits or 15 credits

Course period: 2018-02-20 to 2018-04-24

The course is offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences as an interdisciplinary single–subject course in qualitative methods for the social sciences at the PhD candidate level. The language of instruction is English or Swedish.

This course covers the two central dimensions of qualitative methods – data generation and data analysis, with a focus on several basic qualitative techniques or approaches, which cover the pre-registered participants’ areas of interest according to the survey. These are primarily:

  • Interviews
  • Ethnography and observa­tions
  • Document and text analysis
  • Discourse analysis

To meet the demands of advanced study and research this course emphasizes data analysis and particular topics will be addressed with regard to each methodological approach rather than re-presenting the general dimensions of the approaches which we assume the students have from undergraduate and Masters level methodology courses.

The general structure of the course consists of an introduction, five substantive units, and an examination. Each substantive unit consists of a one-hour ”orientation” discussion-lecture by the teacher for that unit, followed by a seminar discussion of a part of the readings for the unit. The afternoon consists of a workshop in which designated students will have the opportunity to present their empirical data or research design / data generation plans that are in line with the methodology of that unit. This data will then be subject to a joint analysis. This means that students will choose which unit workshop they wish to present their empirical data or data generation plans at. A reading list and final schedule will be sent out as soon as all the teachers have made their final selections.


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Application instructions PhD Spring courses

In order to apply for the Faculty PhD courses, please complete this form.

Please discuss these courses with your supervisor before completing the form.

The last day to apply for courses beginning in Spring 2018 is one week before the courses start, though a place will not be guarenteed.


If the number of applicants exceeds available places, applicants are prioritised as follows:

  1. Doctoral students from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University
  2. Doctoral students from other faculties at Lund University
  3. External doctoral students

Please note: Applicants from other faculties at LU and universities are required to pay a fee. The only exception is the course on Research Ethics, which is free for students from the School of Economics. The current fee is 8500 SEK for each PhD course offered by the Faculty, and you will be asked to provide a reference number for billing purposes.

What happens next?

An email will be sent out to those who signed up and are eligible for the course around 6 weeks before the course begins, asking you to confirm your participation. A welcome letter including schedule, reading list, syllabus as well as any other information or tasks that the teacher wishes to include will then be sent to students accepted to the course 4 weeks before the course begins. Please inform the course administrator as soon as possible if you are no longer planning on taking the course as there might be other students on the reserve list.