NVivo: An Introduction to Qualitative Analysis

Years: 1,2,3


NVivo is a software programme for managing qualitative data where deep levels of analysis are required. This course is designed to introduce you to the software and guide you through your first experience of using it.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to set up an NVivo project
  • How to import and organise your source materials
  • How to use coding techniques in your analysis

NB: NVivo: Advanced Qualitative Data Management is also on offer (see next section).  This introductory course, or a working knowledge of NVivo is a prerequisite for the Advanced course.

Feedback from PhD Researchers (2018)

  • Very pleased with the methodological focus in this seminar, and glad to see that there was information on how to build and manage data analysis strategies. It's great to see an emphasis on methodological rigour which is so important in qualitative research. Can't wait for the second session! 
  • The facilitator for this course was excellent both in his knowledge and delivery of the software. I came away with a much greater understanding of how NVivo works.


  • Ben Meehan

    Ben Meehan worked in industry for twenty-six years. For the past eighteen years he has worked as an independent trainer and consultant in support of computer aided qualitative data analysis projects (CAQDAS). A graduate of the Irish Management Institute and Dublin Business School he is also a member of the part-time staff in Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth and Dublin City University. He is a QSR certified platinum trainer and consultant. He has worked in all of the major universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland and Northern Ireland. His work outside of the educational sector includes major global companies such as Intel where he consults in support of their on-going ethnographic research and the Centre for Global Health where he has worked in Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique (2009) and in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania with the University of Heidelberg (2010) and Ethiopia for the Ethiopian Public Health Association (2011) and the Population Council, Zambia (2012). Apart from Africa, Ben regularly conducts workshops in Germany, France, UK, Northern Ireland, Holland, the US (Maryland, 2011, Yale, 2012) and Australia.

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework

This session maps on to Domain A of the Vitae Framework: Knowledge and intellectual abilities which includes the sub-domain areas of:

  • A1: Knowledge base
  • A2: Cognitive abilities
  • A3: Creativity
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework