THE RESEARCH METHODS LABORATORY  

Switzerland

Post Graduate Diploma in Qualitative Research Methods

 

COURSE INFORMATION

Programme Number:             MLPGD101

Contact Hours:                        240

Number of Weeks:                 15  (10 weeks on campus plus 5 weeks independent study)

 

DESCRIPTION

Our Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) programme provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and conduct qualitative research projects. The programme comprises a broad range of taught modules, as well as the opportunity to develop and ‘write-up’ a research proposal based on your preferred research topic or area of interest. The programme provides you with an opportunity to gain a qualification which greatly enhances your employability in today’s competitive workplace environment. The special feature of our PGD course is that it provides opportunities for students to gain experience through industry interaction, optional internship and live METLAB projects.


The programme aims to:


  • enable you to understand a range of relevant methodological and ethical issues
  • equip you with basic and advanced qualitative research skills (transferable skills)
  • enable you to conduct and evaluate research in academic, commercial or professional environments.

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

Semester 1

Modules  

Contact Hours

     

Introduction to Qualitative Methods   

50   

      

Qualitative Research Design   

50

       

Reflexivity and Voice in Qualitative Research    

20

      

Research Populations, Access and Ethics   

40


Data Collection and Analysis

40


Writing Qualitative Proposals

40


Optional Internship in Switzerland or abroad*



The course comprises six modules and culminates with the production of a group research proposal.


*Internships are completed at the end of the course and require the completion of an internship report.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirement is a university degree or its equivalent, or significant professional experience. Postgraduate study requires that you have the ability to:


  • write accurately, clearly and concisely
  • read large quantities of text accurately and critically
  • argue logically, consistently and skeptically
  • organize evidence to support a logical argument.

 

ASSESSMENT

Students are assessed at the end of each module. Various forms of assessment are used across the modules. The pass mark for each module is 60%. Any student who fails an assessment will be entitled to ONE re-submission. The table below provides guidance on the general criteria used to assess submitted work. Specific advice on individual modules’ assessment will be supplied by the module coordinators. All assessed work will be double-marked before a grade is awarded.

 

Grade

Description  

90%+
 

Truly Exceptional. Outstanding emonstration of learning outcomes: wide, appropriate knowledge and understanding (and where appropriate effective project work) including outstanding insight and/or originality. 

80-89%   
 

Evidence of reading and thought beyond course/assignment materials appropriate use of references and exemplars an exceptionally high standard of writing and communication. Excellent demonstration of learning outcomes: wide, appropriate knowledge and understanding including insight and/or originality, evidence of reading and thought beyond course/assignment materials, appropriate use of references and exemplars, a high standard of writing and communication.
 

70-79%   
 

Comprehensively. Good demonstration of learning outcomes: wide appropriate knowledge and understanding (and where appropriate effective project work) with only occasional lapses in detail evidence of reading and thought beyond course/assignment materials a high standard of writing and communication.
 

60-69%   
 

Generally  Satisfactory demonstration of learning outcomes: sound knowledge and understanding of essential material (and where appropriate essential project  skills). General accuracy with occasional mistakes and/or uncoordinated use   of information.
 

50-59%   
 

Unsatisfactory  demonstration of learning outcomes: some very basic knowledge and understanding (and where appropriate basic project skills). Omissions and/or weaknesses of presentation and/or logic and/or evidence. Inconsistency in argument and unsubstantiated assertion.
 

40-49%   
 

Poor  performance in learning outcomes: some relevant information and limited understanding (and where appropriate some project work completed under   supervision). Omissions and/or weaknesses of presentation and/or logic and/or evidence lack of familiarity with the subject of assessment and/or assessment vehicle. Inconsistency in argument and unsubstantiated assertion.
 

01-39%   
 

Very  weak performance in learning outcomes. Little evidence that learning or project work was seriously attempted. Entirely inconsistency in argument and unsubstantiated assertion.
 

0%   
 

No work submitted for assessment   

 

  

CAREER RELEVANCE AND EMPLOYABILITY

The Postgraduate Diploma in Qualitative Research Methods will equip you with key skills directly relevant to careers in economic (business & management), environmental, or social (public or NGO) sectors. You will also develop a range of transferable skills – including the ability to work independently, communicate clearly, and analyse complex information – that will be valued by employers in both public and private sectors.


TUITION FEE

The fee for this programme is CHF26,500

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information please email: applications@metlab.ch