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Qualitative Research Methods


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


The course is designed to help students develop their research skills in qualitative methods. The course covers three broad topics: (1) the design of qualitative studies, including case selection, conceptualization, and operationalization of variables, (2) specific techniques used for qualitative analysis (e.g., small-n comparative analysis, process tracing, interviewing, and participant observation), and (3) the practicalities of doing qualitative research.

Course objectives

Objective 1:

To understand and assess the appropriate use of qualitative methods in political science.

Objective 2:

To attain the skills necessary to carry out qualitative research.


See link front page of the programme

Mode of instruction

Interactive class format, with lectures, discussion and exercises.

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

Students will be evaluated based on:

  • active participation in class activities (20%), and

  • 3 essays and applied exercises with written analysis (80% total).


To be announced.

Reading list

To be announced.


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Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course.
Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Ragnhild Drange, MIRD programme coordinator