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The course is particularly suited to those already working on projects with a qualitative dimension, doctoral students who are looking for appropriate software to support qualitative data analysis, and those with previous experience in using different qualitative analysis software packages. Everybody is welcome, regardless of their research or professional background.

Our experienced and friendly team will support you to develop skills in the core functionalities of this software. We think NVivo is best learnt in a small group environment, with plenty of support from expert tutors, so we ensure our class sizes remain small, and tailor specific content to the learning needs of the group. This course is led by Dr Charlotte Albury , an experienced NVivo expert who also co-leads the University of Oxford’s NVivo courses.


This course will include:

  • Expert-led lectures on the role of NVivo in supporting a range of approaches to qualitative analysis
  • Practical sessions where participants are supported to develop and practice skills in using the ‘NVivo 12 Pro for Windows’ software.
  • Hands-on exercises on importing research materials, developing coding frameworks, coding a sample dataset, producing coding reports and codebooks using memos and annotations, importing classifications, and running queries.
  • Discussion of advantages and limitations in using qualitative analysis software
  • Discussion about the role of software in participants’ own projects.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the role of software packages in qualitative analysis
  • Be familiar with data management and analysis functionalities provided by ‘NVivo 12 Pro for Windows’,
  • Have gained practical experience in using ‘NVivo 12 Pro for Windows’ to support analysis of qualitative data in different formats
  • Be able to recognise advantages and limitations of using qualitative analysis software

You will need to have a copy of NVivo on your computer for this session. You can either purchase a copy through your institution, or download the free trial (please note that this free trial expires after 14 days).

Some understanding of qualitative analysis methodology is required, as the course will only focus on using the ‘NVivo 12 Pro for Windows’ software, and will not cover methodological principles.

The course does not cover NVivo for Mac, of other NVivo versions, though some of the functionality translates across platforms and software versions.

We provide:

  • A sample dataset for you to work with on the day, and retain for future use
  • Access to our online learning platform
  • Online access to slides and materials
  • Digital resources to support you after the course
  • Experienced, approachable tutors who are research-active