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Methods of Qualitative Research


Admission requirements

There are no specific admission criteria. But, in view of the final attainment levels envisaged, minors are most suitable for third-year bachelor's students.


The course familiarises students with different research methods such as as participant observation, in-depth interviews, visual research methods and online ethnography. Weekly practical assignments serve as a step-by-step preparation for the students’ own research projects. During the module “Research Design”, students learn to formulate their own research projects and write a coherent and feasible research proposal: formulating a research question, planning the research, using theories and concepts, relating their research to existing knowledge.

Course objectives

  • Acquiring qualitative research methods skills.

  • Learning how to design and plan a research project.

  • Developing critical understanding of the relevant body of literature.

  • Developing generic skills, including research, analysis, critical thinking and oral presentation skills.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars

  • Practical assignments

Assessment method


  • Written reports on practical assignments (40%);

  • Research proposal (40%);

  • Participation in seminars (20%).


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


If the final grade is 5.5 or less students should rewrite the research proposal and the written assignments.

Exam review

If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will be organized.

Reading list

Hennink, M., Hutter, I. and Bailey, A., 2020. Qualitative research methods. Sage.
Further material will be announced on Brightspace.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.



Important: this course is taught at NIMAR in Rabat, Morocco. Minors