Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • Describe the basic epistemological underpinnings of qualitative research
  • Explain a range of qualitative methodologies
  • Propose qualitative research questions and a corresponding research design
  • Apply a set of qualitative data collection and data analysis methods
  • Reflect on opportunities and challenges of undertaking qualitative fieldwork
  • Display knowledge and commitment to ethical research practices in their work
  • Develop proficiency in discussing and writing about qualitative research clearly and concisely

Credits: 3

Schedule: 22.10.2024 - 26.11.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kathrin Sele

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course discusses the nature of qualitative research and how to formulate qualitative research questions. It then moves to discuss core qualitative research approaches as well as methods of data collection analysis. The course further discusses the ethical concerns embedded in different phases of the research process.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:


  • valid for whole curriculum period:



    Independent work


    4/6 lectures mandatory presence

    First lecture is organised together with the course MNGT-E1003 Quantitative Methods.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Eriksson, P., & Kovalainen, A. (2015). Qualitative methods in business research: A practical guide to social research. Sage.

    Articles assigned by the lecturer.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn II
    2024-2025 Spring IV
    2025-2026 Autumn II
    2025-2026 Spring IV


    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order 1) People Management and Organizational Development / Creative Sustainability / Global Management students, 2) Other Department of Management Studies students. This course is open only for the Master's students of Department of Management studies.