Introduction to Qualitative Methods (4.0 credits)

Course code: H1F2673

The aim of the course is that the participants acquire basic knowledge about qualitative research methods including the ethical aspects of those. Hereby the course provides a good foundation for method selection and further development of knowledge of specific qualitative methods. The course is suitable for PhD students who plan to use qualitative methods in their thesis such as well as those who do not have qualitative studies in their research plan.

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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 when it is given.


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. 


The application period for the fall semester 2024 runs between April 15th and May 6th 2024

Applications for doctoral courses are made directly in the course catalogue (fubas) and without creating an applicant profile.

A course occasion is open for application when it has a blue button labelled "Apply." The application deadline is indicated on the button. See more information on the Applying for doctoral courses information page.

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About the course

The course uses various teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, group work, individual work, peer-learning and self-study work. See course syllabus for more detailed information.

Participation in lectures and seminars is mandatory. Absence from seminars is compensated by a written review on a topic related to the seminar content.


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

Students will collaborate with help of the IT based 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.


During the 2024 fall semester the course will run between September 3rd and October 10th

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

Karin Johansson

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)