Introduction to MAXQDA for qualitative and mixed-methods analysis

Key information

Start date: 26 May 2021

Attendance dates:

May 2021: 26

Time commitment: 9:30am - 4pm


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 one day workshop provides a comprehensive overview of MAXQDA and an opportunity for participants to practice tasks using sample 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.

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


Learning and teaching methods

Maximum of 12 people per class.

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 MAXQDA 2020 or MAXQDA 2018.

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.

This course assumes participants have a broad understanding of qualitative and/or mixed methods methodologies, but assumes no prior knowledge about MAXQDA.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Participants 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



We are currently running discounts on our courses in order to support researchers during this difficult time.

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