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HEALTH: Qualitative Analysis in a Phenomenological study


Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific theoretical basis guiding the analytical process in qualitative research. The students will be able to apply relevant analytical approaches and to make consistent and well-informed choices in relation to qualitative research.  

Learning outcome

After the course, the PhD student will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate literature and practice in Phenomenological health qualitative analysis.
  • Write a plan for the analysis with reference to the literature.
  • Analyse your own data from a phenomenological perspective (e.g. which step do you follow?) and discuss own and co-participants’ choices and considerations.
  • Describe a plan for analysing your own qualitative data/material.
  • Compare strengths and weaknesses in an empirical phenomenological versus hermeneutical- phenomenological analysis.


The course will introduce a variety of analytical approaches, (one or more of the following: grounded theory, phenomenology, narrative theory, discourse analysis, and ANT or cultural theory). The analytical approaches presented will serve as theoretical introductions to qualitative research, and exemplify the fact that analyzing qualitative data is a relational process involving at various stages, several levels of theory, methods and empirical material. 

Recommended knowledge for participation

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • PhD students, Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University
  • PhD students enrolled at partner universities of the Nordoc collaboration
  • PhD students from other institutions in the open market agreement for PhD courses

For the full course description, dates and registration please see the course calendar of the Graduate School of Health.  


For the full course description, dates and registration please see the full Course Calendar of the Graduate School of Health.


  • ECTS: 2.3
  • Language: English
  • Span: 4 course days + preparation
  • Course certificate: upon satisfactory completion
  • No. of participants: min. 14, max. 20