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 för the fall semester can be done through the course catalog Kiwas (see link in the menu to the right) between April 17th and May 15th

Admission is performed according to the following selection priority:

  1. the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation).
  2. start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date).


If you have a KI account (as a student, employee or affiliated) you log in to Kiwas by using your username (KI ID) and password.


If you do NOT have a KI account, you may register a new account for application without KI account, by using another email address. After having done so, you may now log in to Kiwas (without KI account) and apply. Please note that the email address registered will be your username when logging in. 

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About the course

During the fall semester 2023 the course runs between November 6th and January 19th 2024


The course will be 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.


Fall 2023 study period: 2023-11-06 -- 2024-01-19

The course will have three sessions:

  • The first session will take place on campus on November 23-24.
  • The second session will be conducted on Zoom on December 7-8.
  • The third session will also be held on Zoom on January 11-12.

More detailed information will be made available here no later than two weeks before the course starts.

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

Staffan Josephsson

Course director and examiner

Hélène von Strauss

Course administrator

Caroline Erika Mattisson

Doctoral education administrator (NVS)
Content reviewer: