Introduction to MAXQDA for qualitative and mixed-methods analysis

Key information

Start date: 11 November 2020

Attendance dates:

November 2020: 11, 12

Time commitment: 2 days


Distance learning

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MAXQDA is a powerful software for the qualitative and mixed-methods analysis of text, audio, video, survey and social media data.

This two day course provides a comprehensive overview of MAXQDA and an opportunity for participants to practise 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.

The course combines discussion, demonstration and hands-on work, including:

  • Contextual discussions – developmental, methodological and analytical principles
  • Software overview – interface, architecture, tools
  • Analytic planning – ensuring analytic strategies drive the appropriate use of software tools
  • Guided instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of MAXQDA and the use of tools for analytic tasks
  • Individual support – time for participants to discuss their projects with the tutor.

During the first day sample data are used in order to become familiar with tools, and the whole group follows common tasks together and practice exercises individually. Work is structured to provide step-by-step support.

During the second day participants set up their own MAXQDA project and work with their own research materials. The first part of the day focuses on translating the tasks covered in day one into practice. Individuals and teams work independently, with support from the tutor. The remainder of the day focuses on experimenting with more Sophisticated uses of tools. Possibilities and implications are discussed, demonstrated and practised.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own research materials to work with (this could include transcribed primary data, literature files, reports pertinent to the project, etc.), although sample materials can also be provided.

Please note: This is MAXQDA 2020 course. Participants using version 18 are welcome to attend but the main part of the course will cover the functions available for MAXQDA version 2020.The software is the same on Mac and Windows platform.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the structure of MAXQDA 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 MAXQDA tools powerfully.
  • Set-up a MAXQA project to reflect initial research design and change structures as a research project progresses.
  • Identify MAXQDA tools that can be used to fulfil specific analytic tasks.
  • Know where to access relevant resources to support continued MAXQDA use.

Course content

  • Principles of using MAXQDA
  • 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


Course leader

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Dr Sarah Bulloch

Teaching Fellow

Reading list

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

Software, equipment and materials

You will need:

  • A working installation of ATLAS.ti 8
  • Your own research materials with which to work on the second day (e.g. literature files (PDFs are fine), transcripts of interviews/focus-groups, social media content, open-ended survey responses, documentary evidence, visual materials (still images, videos) etc.).

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

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

Requirements for online workshops

This course is delivered online using Zoom. In order to attend you will need a computer (Mac or Windows) that has access to the internet, and a microphone (inbuilt or external). We encourage participants to share their image using a webcam to foster dialogue and interaction, but this is not a requirement.

You will also need MAXQDA installed and working on your computer ahead of the session to get the most out of the workshop. If you do not currently have access to the software, the joining instructions to the course will provide details on how to access a 30 day free trial, closer to the time.

Fees and funding

Price per person:

20% off: £348 instead of £435

Government and commercial sector applicants

20% off: £248 instead of £310

Education and charitable sector applicants

40% off: £153 instead of £255


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