Introduction to MAXQDA for qualitative and mixed-methods analysis (Online)

Key information

Start date:
23 May 2024
Attendance dates:

23 May 2024

Time commitment:
9:30am - 4:30pm
Distance learning
Contact details:


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
  • Guided Instruction – step-by-step teaching in the operation of MAXQDA and the use of tools for analytic tasks

Please note: this is MAXQDA 2022 course. Participants using version 2020 are welcome to attend but the main part of the course will cover the functions available for MAXQDA version 2022. The software is the same on Mac and Windows platform.

What you will need to attend

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, details on how to access a 30 day free trial can be found on the MAXQDA website.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • 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, including Documents, Codes, Variables, Memos, Summaries and Interrogation tools.
  • Know where to access relevant resources to support continued MAXQDA use.

Course content

  • Introduction to MAXQDA’s components
  • Tips for Data preparation, transcription, import and organisation
  • Data familiarisation, exploration, annotation
  • Coding strategies – inductive, deductive approaches; manual and automated approaches
  • Organising materials to factual characteristics such as socio-demographics to facilitate interrogation.
  • Use of writing and visualisation tools to reflect on data and processes
  • Querying to identify patterns within and across data
  • Outputting.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Presentations
  • Demonstrations
  • Guided hands-on exercises
  • Independent hands-on work.

Course leader

Dr Sarah Bulloch

Teaching Fellow

Dr Sarah Bulloch has been using and teaching CAQDAS packages for many years and is an experienced researcher. She has undertaken quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research using dedicated software and has worked in academic and applied settings.

Reading list

There is no required pre-course reading. However, the following might be helpful resources with your further work with MAXQDA:

  • Silver, C., & Lewins, A. (2014). Using software in qualitative research: A step-by-step guide (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Woolf, N. H., & Silver, C. (2018). Qualitative analysis with MAXQDA: The Five-Level QDA method. NY: Routledge.

Entry requirements

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

Fees and funding

Price per person:




Education and charitable sector applicants


Government and commercial sector applicants

What these fees include

Handouts, slides, links to further resources.

How to apply

Applications will be through our online store. 

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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

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