Metasynthesis-Research Course in Advanced Qualitative Methods

Metasynthesis is research on qualitative research and several methods have been developed to synthesize qualitative studies in various fields and disciplines. Metasynthesis research has the potential to benefit human and societal development, and may contribute to the use of qualitative research findings in decision-making. Metasynthesis research studies may advance the critical philosophical, theoretical and methodological knowledge and discussion that is relevant to the development of qualitative research.


PhD candidates in nursing and caring sciences, other health sciences, and fields of professional studies.

PhD candidates at the National research school for research in the municipal health care services (MUNI-HEALTH-CARE) will get first priority admission to the course. PhD candidates at the partner institutions of MUNI-HEALTH-CARE and other universities and university colleges in Norway and EEA can apply for admission to the course. Documentation of admission to a PhD programme is required.

Apply before March 1


Qualitative methods


  1. Metasynthesis-what, why, and how
  2. Metaethnography
  3. Metasummary
  4. Meta-aggregation
  5. Comparisons of metasynthesis to integrative reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analysis and secondary analysis
  6. Primary research appraisal

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the arguments for a metasynthesis research design
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of different types of metasynthesis approaches and methods
  • Demonstrate understanding of validity in metasynthesis research designs


  • Be able to create aims and research questions in metasynthesis research designs
  • Demonstrate skills to applicate metasynthesis designs in research
  • Be able to critically assess and evaluate qualitative studies for inclusion in metasynthesis studies

General competence

  • Reflect on the use of metasynthesis in evidence-based practice
  • Integrate a critical attitude to validity in metasynthesis research designs
  • Reflect on ethical, gender and ethnic issues in metasynthesis studies


Publisert 3. nov. 2016 15:39 - Sist endret 10. jan. 2017 11:39