Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POCM101: Designing Research with Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 3 (1 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Eva Thomann (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module introduces you to the nuts and bolts of Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), a set-theoretic technique that allows for comparisons of small, intermediate or large numbers of cases in order to identify necessary and / or sufficient conditions for an outcome. It is an attractive method for scholars who seek to model causally complex patterns and integrate in-depth case knowledge at all stages of the analysis.

The course targets MRes and PhD students, researchers and research-oriented practitioners from the United Kingdom and abroad, in the social sciences and beyond. You should have basic knowledge of comparative empirical research. We will introduce you to performing QCA with R.

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