Introduction to NVivo

Key points

  • This course teaches the basic and advanced features of NVivo 
  • You will learn to set-up an NVivo project, code and analyse data, and visualise qualitative findings
  • The course can be taken on its own or in conjunction with methodological seminars or method courses.


This course provides a comprehensive overview of how to use NVivo for qualitative data analysis. It is the course you need if you want to learn NVivo  strictly from a software perspective and maximise the added value of using qualitative software to save time, manage large amounts of data efficiently, triangulate different data sources seamlessly, improve the auditability of your research and conduct the analysis in a transparent and rigorous way.  The course is structured around four modules that follow the logical sequence of the qualitative analysis process.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Learn what CAQDAS do and not do
  • Set-up an NVivo project and organise a qualitative dataset
  • Import meta-data from reference software manager
  • Annotate and cross-reference sources from literature review
  • Autocode interviews and social media data 
  • Code data manually using a range of techniques
  • Work with case classifications and variables
  • Run queries to explore associations and identify relationships
  • Generate visualisations 
  • Coordinate teamwork.

The course is entirely hands-on and uses sample data to learn NVivo’s functionalities. Some time is also allocated to work on one’s own data. Note that this course does not teach the use of NVivo for specific methods of qualitative analysis. For such courses, see the courses on qualitative content analysis, thematic analysis, grounded theory and cross-case analysis here.

Although no previous knowledge of NVivo is required, participants should have some familiarity with qualitative research.

Two days from 9:00 to 16:00. The course can be shortened to a day upon request.

Online using Zoom or by invitation in universities and research centres. The course is capped at 16 participants.

The course combines short lectures, demos, hands-on exercises and group work.

Fee depends on the course duration, number of participants and any prep work for a bespoke application to your research context. Please email me for more information.

Combining courses
This course can be taken on its own or in conjunction with more advanced methodological seminars or method courses.


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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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