Outline for a qualitative research report

Academic Writing

Qualitative Research Report


Word limit: 2,000 words. The 2,000 word limit applies to the main body of the text (Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions). It does not include the abstract, the table of participants and table of themes, the quotes used in the results section, the references, or the appendices.

Writing up your project

The structure of your assignment needs to follow the general requirements of scientific journals.

  1. Title:
    • Brief
    • Explicitly state qualitative methodology
  2. Abstract (no more than 300 words)
    • Purpose
    • Methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
  3. Introduction (approx. 400 – 500 words)
    • The focus and rationale for the study supported by literature.
  4. Methodology (approx. 400 – 500 words)
    • Participants with table of participants (table not included in word count)
    • The interview schedule
    • Procedure
    • Ethical considerations
    • Data analysis
  5. Results (approx. 500 – 700 words)
    • Table of themes and sub-themes (not included in word count)
    • Description of themes, illustration of themes (using quotes), interpretation of themes
    • The results section can focus on a selected number of themes and does not need to cover all of the themes identified during analysis
    • Illustrate themes with selected quotes (quotes not included in word count)
    • Analyse rather than describe
  6. Discussion and Conclusion (approx. 400 – 500 words)
    • Pull together your findings
    • Refer back to the existing literature during Discussion
    • Briefly describe any strengths and weaknesses of your study
    • End with a brief summary of what you found, situate your results in the context of what is currently known about your topic. Depending on the topic
    area, you may make suggestions as to how/if your findings could be useful in
    practice or for policy and what further research in this area could be useful.
  7. References
  8. Appendices:
    • Copy of participant information sheet and consent form (unsigned)
    • Copy of semi-structured interview schedule
    • Anonymised transcript of the interview you conducted