Introduction to ATLAS.ti 8

Key information

Start date:

Attendance dates:

March 2020: 06

Time commitment: 1 day


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

Contact details:

Start date:

Attendance dates:

May 2020: 27

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 participants to practice tasks using their 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

  • 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 including developmental, methodological and analytical principles
  • Step-by-step teaching
  • One-to-one tutorials

Course leader

Christina Silver

Christina is manager of the computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) networking project and has been working with and teaching a range of CAQDAS packages.

Reading list

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

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.

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

You can apply for this course through our online store.

Please note, we aren't currently accepting applications for this course in May 2020. If you are interested in applying for this date, please register your interest.

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