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Qualitative Research Rigour (Group 3)

Thu 12 Oct, Fri 20 Oct 2023


Historically, qualitative research has been criticised for being less rigorous than quantitative research through not fulfilling quality standards such as objectivity, validity, and reliability. This leads to questions whether qualitative research can fulfil these specific markers of rigour, how it can come as close as possible to fulfilling them, and whether qualitative research should at all attempt to live up to these understandings of research quality. Responding to this debate, many methodologists have argued for the need of translating objectivity, validity, and reliability within qualitative research designs.

The discussion of rigour is a loaded one, among methodologists of all three research approaches (qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods) as well as mong qualitative researchers themselves. This course introduces different quality strategies for qualitative research to help students make informed decisions for improving their own empirical work and to better judge the rigour of empirical qualitative research done by others.

Target audience
  • Postgraduate students and staff
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Students are expected to engage with the Moodle material (videos, task) before the live session on the 19th/20th (based on your group) of October 2023. For this reason, the starting date is the 12th of October.


Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Thu 12 Oct 2023   09:00 - 13:00 09:00 - 13:00 SSRMP pre-recorded lecture(s) on Moodle   Elisabeth Sandler
2 Fri 20 Oct 2023   15:00 - 16:00 15:00 - 16:00 University Centre, Hicks Room map Elisabeth Sandler
  • To introduce different qualitative research rigour approaches
  • To provide food for thought for students’ quality strategies within their own empirical work
  • To assist students in assessing the rigour of a qualitative research paper (module task)

To limit the number of participants in each workshop, participants are divided among three Groups. You only need to book for ONE group EITHER Group 1, Group 2, OR Group 3.


An optional assessment consisting of open-ended questions will be available at the end of the module. The assessment is not mandatory and only for those students whose department or faculty requires a grade. Students should get in touch with their department or faculty and let the lecturer know as soon as possible if an assessment is needed.

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Qualitative Methods

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