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 and Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


While psychological inquiry tends to be dominated by quantitative research, qualitative research remains deeply entrenched within certain disciplines of 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. PSY455 Qualitative Research will explore a range of methodologies commonly adopted in qualitative research, with opportunities for students to design and implement their own qualitative research.

Level: 4
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Why Qualitative Research?
  • Philosophical, Assumptions and Interpretive Frameworks
  • Designing a Qualitative Study
  • Five Qualitative Approaches to Inquiry
  • Five Different Qualitative Studies
  • Introducing and Focusing the Study
  • Data Collection
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Representation
  • Writing a Qualitative Study
  • Standards of Validation and Evaluation
  • Academic Rigour and Quality

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the strengths and limitations of qualitative research
  • Differentiate the distinctive features of qualitative research from that of quantitative research
  • Discuss five approaches of qualitative inquiry: Narrative, Research, Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Ethnography and Case Study
  • Examine the standards of validating and evaluating qualitative research rigour and quality
  • Construct a viable qualitative research proposal and carry out data collection, analysis, and interpretation, from conceptualisation to completion
  • Propose appropriate, ethical, and evidence-based research designs, strategies, methodologies and methods for different research needs
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