Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

The aim of the course is to provide an overview of qualitative research methods with a specific focus on interviews and observations. The course will thus contribute to the participants knowledge about qualitative methods mainly used in social sciences. It will also enhance the participants’ ability to plan and carry out studies based on qualitative methods.

Course instruction

The course is organized around course sessions that include presentations and discussions, i.e., all participants are expected to be active. An individual course project constitutes a central part of the learning process. This is qualitative study which is reported and discussed at a seminar. The participant identifies a relevant research problem which can be linked to, or be part of, the participants own research. An adequate qualitative method is identified and used (observation, interview, or text). The course participant also develops their understanding of qualitative research methods trough reading and discussions of peer participants’ course projects.


To be prioritized for admission to the course, applicants have to be part of a doctoral programme at LTH.


The course corresponds to 6 ECTS credits in third-cycle (PhD) studies (with Pass and Fail as available grades), if this is in line with the individual study plan.

Syllabus (in English) (PDF, 663 kB, new tab)

Kursplan (in Swedish) (PDF, 319 kB, new tab)

Course instructor

Åsa Thelander, Associate Professor, Department of Strategic communication


Next course autumn 2022. The application is not yet open.

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