Key points

  • This course provides graduate students as well as researchers alike with a solid foundation in qualitative data analysis
  • The course combines theory of qualitative analysis, applied exercises in one’s research and demos in NVivo
  • The course can be taken alone or in conjunction with the advanced course Qualitative Data Analysis II that I will teach on 8-12 July 2024.

Are you planning to conduct interviews or focus groups for your data collection, or perhaps collect policy papers or social media data from blogs, Facebook or Twitter? After you complete the data collection, you will soon or later have to confront and analyse the mass of data you gathered. But will you know how? This course provides qualitative researchers with a strategic understanding of, and applied skills in, planning, conducting and reporting qualitative data analysis. It addresses central issues often omitted in mainstream qualitative textbooks, such as: What criteria to use in choosing a method of qualitative data analysis? How central is the research question in that choice? What to do after the data are coded? How to seek patterns and relationships when working inductively or deductively? The course, which uses NVivo, teaches these topics and more and puts them into practice during hands-on sessions.

This course assumes no previous knowledge of qualitative data analysis or NVivo, but requires basic understanding of qualitative research. Only the basic features of NVivo are taught.

Onsite course schedule
The onsite course is taught at the National University of Singapore from 9:00-12:30 SGT on 1-5 July 2024.

Online course schedule
If you can’t attend the course onsite at NUS, you can enroll to the online course version. The online course combines prerecording lectures which introduce participants to the theoretical foundations of qualitative data analysis followed by daily live sessions on Zoom held from 14:30-16:30 SGT, from Monday 1-5 July 2024.

The onsite course is taught at the University of Singapore as part of the IPSA-NUS Summer School 2024.

Please contact the IPSA-NUS Summer School for enrolment.

See the IPSA-NUS website.

Combining courses
This course precedes the advanced course Qualitative Data Analysis II which I will teach on 8-12 July 2024. For further information, see the IPSA-NUS website.

Key readings

  • Bazeley, P. (2009). Analysing Qualitative Data: More Than Identifying Themes. Malaysian Journal of Qualitative Research, 2(2), 6-22. Retrieved from
  • Coffey, A., & Atkinson, P. (1996). Making Sense of Qualitative Data: Complementary Research Strategies. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Miles, M. B., & Huberman, A. M. (1994). Qualitative Data Analysis: An Expanded Sourcebook (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Ritchie, C., Lewis, J., McNaughton Nicholls, C., & Ormston, R. (Eds.). (2014). Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers. London: Sage.
  • Tesch, R. (1990). Qualitative Research: Analysis Types and Software Tools. New York: Falmer Press.

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As a freelance methodologist, I train social scientists and humanitarian practitioners in qualitative analysis, decolonising research and participatory methodologies. I coach research teams, teach doctoral-level courses in method schools and I consult for humanitarian aid agencies worldwide.

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