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. 


Application for the fall semester 2023 is not possible as the course will not be running during this period.

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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.


The course will not be running during the 2023 fall semester.

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 (will be linked here when available).

Contact information

Karin Johansson

Course director and examiner

Hélène von Strauss

Course administrator

Caroline Erika Mattisson

Doctoral education administrator (NVS)

Chris Bengtsson

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