Singapore University of Social Sciences

Qualitative Research

Qualitative Research (PSY455)

Applications Open: 01 October 2020

Applications Close: 30 November 2020

Next Available Intake: January 2021

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


While psychological studies are dominated by quantitative research methods, qualitative research remains deeply entrenched for certain disciplines in psychology, such as group dynamics and psychotherapy. Qualitative research is grounded in a different paradigm that focuses on experiential feeling as opposed to quantifiable numbers. The course will explore a range of methodologies commonly adopted in qualitative research and there will be opportunities for students to design their own qualitative research.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July


  • Why Qualitative Research?, Philosophy, Paradigms and Interpretative Frameworks for Qualitative Study
  • Designing a Qualitative Study, Learning about Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry
  • Focusing the Study, Data Collection
  • Data Analysis and Representation
  • Writing Up the Study
  • Standards of Validation and Evaluation

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the strengths and limitations of qualitative research
  • Differentiate the distinctive features of qualitative research from that of quantitative research
  • Discuss these methodologies: Ethnography, Narrative Research, Grounded Theory, Case Study and Phenomenology
  • Defend the standards of validating and evaluating qualitative research
  • Construct a viable step-by-step qualitative inquiry process to guide decision-making and action and construct interviews and observation studies
  • Design observation studies and interviews for information gathering and decision making
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