2023-2024 / PSYC5914-1

Research methodology: qualitative approach


20h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Gilles Fossion, Fabienne Glowacz, Maxime Morsa, Rosa Puglia


Fabienne Glowacz

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Qualitative research aims to access the subjective dimension of human experience in order to better understand what motivates people and how they give meaning to their actions.

Lessons aim to give an overview of qualitative research and its diversity of epistemological referents, methods and approaches (phenomenology, grounded theory, narrative approach, etc.). The aim is to identify the reasons for using qualitative methods, to master their theoretical frameworks and to practice techniques for collecting and analyzing information.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Placing qualitative research within an epistemological framework and the history of psychology
  • Problematizing a research project
  • Knowing the different methods and approaches in qualitative research
  • Designing an interview guide
  • Mobilizing research interview approaches and techniques
  • Considering the ethical issues involved in qualitative research
  • Communicating the results of a qualitative study

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Lessons require a very good level of the French language.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lessons alternate theoretical input with practical workshops.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Reference works (recommended reading) :

  • Paillé, P., Mucchielli, A. (2012). L'analyse qualitative en sciences humaines et sociales. 3st edition. Paris : Armand Colin. (chapters 1, 11, 12, 13)
  • Santiago Delefosse, M. & del Rio Carral, M. (2017). Les méthodes qualitatives en psychologie et sciences humaines de la santé. Paris : Dunod. (chapiters 1 et 10)

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

In-session exam: open questions (knowledge check + 1 exercise) (15/20) Continuous control: one homework and control of exercises in sessions (5/20)

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is composed of:
- Seven theoretical course sessions

- Five practical sessions with onligatory presence (practical dates: 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28).


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