9:45am - 4:15pm
Friday 6 March 2020

Introduction to ATLAS.ti 8 for qualitative and mixed-methods analysis

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

from £135.00 to £225.00

University of Surrey


This one day workshop 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.

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 ATLAS.ti and the use of tools for analytic tasks
  • Individual support – time for participants to discuss their projects with the Tutor

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

Course contents

  • 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

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 leader

Dr Christina Silver is the manager of the CAQDAS Networking Project and has been working with and teaching a range of CAQDAS packages, including NVivo, for many years. She is co-author with Ann Lewins of Using software in qualitative research: a step-by-step guide, and The Five-Level QDA method, with Nicholas Woolf.

Entry requirements

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

Level of study

Entry (no or almost no prior knowledge)

Preparatory reading

Participants are requested to read the ATLAS.ti review before attending this course.


Please bring a USB memory stick.


For any enquiries regarding this course please contact daycourses@surrey.ac.uk.

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