From What to How; Contemporary Narrative Methodology in Health Care Research (4.0 credits)

Course code: H1F2670

The aim of the course is for the doctoral students to develop an overview of theory and application of contemporary narrative and interpretive methods in health-care research and to develop knowledge and skills in applying this knowledge in their own project. The course also aims for the doctoral students to develop knowledge and proficiency in using qualitative methods to study processes and multifaceted phenomena.

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Applying to the course

The course is given as part of the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V) but may also be taken as an individual course.


KI's courses are open for registered doctoral students at all higher education institutions, as well as for KI post docs. If space allows, other applicants with a PhD may also be accepted. 


Application for the fall semester 2024 is not possible as the course will not be running during this period.

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About the course

During the fall semester 2024 the course will not be running. 


The course is given over one semester with course meetings in the form of workshops. Participation is mandatory at workshops. In case of absence students will be given additional assignments. The workshops will consist of lectures, seminars, and study groups with supervision. Between workshops, students will collaborate with help of the IT based learning platform Canvas.


Students will participate in study groups depending on the form of the narrative analyses they choose to practice. This training format targets the learning needs of each student. Students will use their own data material and be supervised by an expert in the most suitable narrative methodology in the study groups. Furthermore, the course is based on process writing where the students continuously work with shorter assignments while providing feedback on each other's work.


The course begins with a homework assignment that is to be handed in before the first session. 


If you have questions regarding the course please contact the course leader (see contact information further down).


Registering in Ladok 

Registration for the course is mandatory. The registration period opens one weeks before the course starts and ends three days after the start. For more information, please see: Using Ladok as a doctoral student.

To log in to Ladok and register, please see: Ladok login page for students.

Please note that doctoral students at KI use their KI-login to login, while external PhD students login by using their KI student accounts (which must thus first be activated).

To learn more about how to activate your student account, please see: My student account


Accessing the IT based digital learning platform Canvas

Access to Canvas will be given approximately one week before the course starts. You can read more about Canvas through the link below.


Student IT for external PhD students and central IT support/Helpdesk for KI doctoral students/staff members

All external PhD students who need help with activating their KI student accounts and/or logging in to Canvas must contact the Student IT support center.

All KI doctoral students in need of IT support related to their KI accounts must instead contact the central IT support for staff members, i.e. Helpdesk.


The course will not be running during the fall semester 2024.

Course evaluation

Course evaluations are collected via the quality system KI Survey and in conjunction with the guidelines set by the Committée of Education at Karolinska Institutet.

Most recently completed course evaluation.

Contact information

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Staffan Josephsson

Course director and examiner
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Hélène Von Strauss

Course administrator
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Caroline Erika Mattisson

Doctoral education administrator (NVS)
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Chris Bengtsson

Coordinator for the Doctoral Programme in Health Care Science (PUF-V)