Qualitative Research Design in Population Studies and Health, Short Course

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 70 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)


Research design, use of theories and conduct of qualitative research methods; examples from international research in population studies and health; most teaching in small, interactive classes.

This ten week course (10 ECTS) trains participants in qualitative research in population studies and health. The course consists of three modules:

1) The Research Process

2) Capita selecta Theories on Population and Health, and

3) Qualitative Research Methods.

The three modules link to and build upon each other. Based on the ‘Qualitative Research Cycle’ (Hutter, Hennink, and Bailey, 2011) the course starts with the formulation of qualitative research questions. Students subsequently embed these questions in theories on population and health. While becoming familiar with the research cycle, participants learn how to design a qualitative research project and receive intensive training in the conduct of qualitative research methods.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 70 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    10 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


The Research Process module focusses on the formulation of research questions and the application of theories; on the formulation of a conceptual model and definition of concepts; and on research methodology. The Theory module deepens the participants’ understanding of the role of theory in research on population studies and health. The Qualitative Research Methods module focuses on the design and conduct of in-depth interviews, focus groups and participant observation

Evaluation includes

Weekly assignments culminating in a qualitative research outline; a portfolio of methods applied, and a final presentation of lessons learned. Students of the short course also take part in specialist seminars, for instance on Population, Health and Place.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 79

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Applicants should have at least a Bachelor degree in Social Science or Health
  • Applicants should be fluent in English. A minimum TOEFL score of 213 for the computer-based version or comparable scores in other recognized language tests is required for admission to the programme.
  • Recommended: applicants should work at a research institute or university in the field of population studies.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 3250 International
  • EUR 3250 EU/EEA


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