Introduction to ATLAS.ti 8

Key information

Start date: To be confirmed

Cancelled due to COVID-19 – to be rescheduled ASAP

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 1 day


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

Contact details:


This one-day course provides a comprehensive overview of ATLAS.ti and an opportunity for you to practise tasks using your own data. The focus is on gaining confidence in setting up a project efficiently, managing and organising data, exploring and conceptualising data, and interrogating and visualising data.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the structure of ATLAS.ti and how it can be used throughout a research project
  • Navigate around the software and operate it to undertake analysis
  • Understand the importance of analytic planning in harnessing ATLAS.ti tools powerfully
  • Set up an ATLAS.ti project to reflect initial research design and change structures as a research project progresses
  • Identify ATLAS.ti tools that can be used to fulfil specific analytic tasks
  • Know where to access relevant resources to support continued ATLAS.ti use.

Course content

  • Software overview including interface, architecture and tools
  • Developmental, methodological and analytical principles
  • Principles of using ATLAS.ti
  • Data preparation, import and organisation
  • Data exploration and familiarisation
  • Coding strategies including appropriate uses of auto-coding
  • Use of writing and visualisation tools to reflect on data and processes
  • Querying and outputting
  • Analytic planning ensuring analytic strategies drive the appropriate use of software tools.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Contextual discussions
  • Step-by-step teaching
  • One-to-one tutorials.

Course leader

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Dr Christina Silver

Teaching Fellow

Reading list

You are required to read the ATLAS.ti review (PDF) before attending this course.

Class size

Maximum of 16 people.

Software and equipment

Please bring a USB memory stick.

Please note, this is an ATLAS.ti 8 for Windows 8 course. Participants using Windows 7 or the Mac version are welcome to attend but the main part of the course will cover the functions available for Windows 8.

Software background

ATLAS.ti is a powerful tool for managing and analysing qualitative data, including text, video, audio, image and social media content.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

You should have a broad understanding of qualitative and/or mixed methods methodologies.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


Government and commercial sector applicants


Education and charitable sector applicants



How to apply

Applications for this course are currently closed.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the latest advice from the government relating to large gatherings, we have taken the decision to cancel future dates for this course, until further notice. Those who have registered for this course will be contacted directly regarding refunds. Please bear with us as this may take up to 14 working days to process. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

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