Qualitative Analysis: from Interviews to Results

This course will advance student’s skills in the analyzing of qualitative data (e.g. interviews) by using an interpretative approach. This course will help students prepare and transform their findings into a clear and relevant overview, which forms a crucial part of carrying out PhD research.

Course level
Master, PhD candidates and professionals from all disciplines
Session 2
11 January to 18 January 2020 
Coordinating lecturer                                      Christine Teelken
Form(s) of instructionLectures, practicals, and assignments
Form(s) of assessmentLecturers, computer seminars
ECTS2 credits
Contact hours6 hours (3*2 hours)
Tuition fee

€800 - non-VU students and staff

€500 - VU students and staff

This course aids PhD students in the early and mid-stage of their research. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please contact us: graduatewinterschool@vu.nl.

It will benefit participants to bring their own interview material or other written data.
This course will advance student’s skills in the analyzing of qualitative data (e.g. interviews) by using an interpretative approach. This course will help students prepare and transform their findings into a clear and relevant overview, which forms a crucial part of carrying out PhD research.

In this course, we aim to enhance the basic knowledge and capability of carrying out qualitative research. After an introduction of various forms of qualitative research (e.g. ethnographic, semantic, content analysis), and after discussing its strengths and weaknesses, we go into a thoughtful discussion about the actual applicable techniques for carrying out qualitative analysis. We will provide a brief insight into the most crucial steps of qualitative analysis, and subsequently, students will start working with their own data on the basis of the provided principles.

The course will assist students in developing their specific capacities and will enable them to transform their own qualitative data (interviews, observations, focus group data, document analysis, newspapers etc.) into an overview of clear and expressible findings.


By the end of the course, students will be able to:

•    Insights into the nature and characteristics of qualitative data, being able to discuss its various forms and its strengths and weaknesses.

•    Knowledge and Capacity of the various steps necessary to carry out qualitative analysis, and evaluate these critically.

Miles, M.B., A.M. Huberman & J. Saldana (2014) Qualitative Data     Analysis, A Methods Sourcebook. Sage, 3rd edition.
    Other readings to be announced


Christine Teelken works as an associate professor at the VU University of Amsterdam. She has published widely in international journals in the area of higher education, and carries out multi-method research considering gender, and (post) academic careers.

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