Module code: PSYM064

Module provider


Module Leader

WILLIAMS EI Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 90

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework RESEARCH REPORT 2,500 WORDS 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

The module examines the philosophical and practical basis of a range of qualitative approaches to psychological research and, through the provision of supervised qualitative research, develops/refines student’s skills in the field. The purpose of this is to allow students to understand the research literature that they are reading in other modules and to conduct qualitative analyses for their own research dissertation.

Module aims

Provide students with philosophical knowledge underlaying qualitative psychological research

Provide students with knowledge of a range of qualitative approaches to data collection and data analysis

To give the opportunity to students to apply qualitative research methods knowledge to a topic

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Develop qualitative research question/s KC
Identify appropriate methods of data collection and data analysis to help answer the research question/s KC
Conduct a qualitative interview and other sources of data collection CPT
Analyse qualitative data KC
Write a qualitative research report KCPT
Evaluate critically qualitative research KCPT
Reflect critically on personal interpretative framework KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Week 1 Introduction to qualitative research and the group project
Week 2 Generating qualitative data: Individual interviews/Group report
Weee 3 Generating qualitative data: Focus groups/Group report
Week 4 Thematic Analysis: a foundational  method of qualitative analysis/Group report
Week 5 Phenomenology and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)/Group report
Week 6 Grounded theory/Group report
Week 7 Dicourse Analysis/Group report
Week 8 Narrative Analysis/Group report
Week 9 Presentations of group report I
Wee 10 Presntation of group report II
Week 11 The “So what?” question, credibility and ethics in qualitative research. 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop skills in qualitative research through small group discussion, facilitated by the lecturer.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures and supervised group work. Each three hour is comprised of one hour lecture and two hours group work.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the skill to analyse and report qualitative data using one qualitative research method.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Research Report (addresses learning outcomes: 1 - 7) Submission: Week 12

Formative assessment

Students present an initial qualitative analysis in groups and receive feedback from the module convener on this.


Written feedback on the assignment is provided by the course convenor.

Reading list

Reading list for QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/psym064

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Health Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Environmental Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Social Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Research Methods in Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.