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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI)

NVivo Essential Skills

Date: 15 May 2020
Time: 10am - 1pm
Instructor: Patty Doran
Level: Introductory
Fee: £60 

CMI offers up to five subsidised places at a reduced rate of £60 per course day to research staff and students within Humanities at The University of Manchester. These places are awarded in order of application. 

Humanities PGR students at The University of Manchester can apply for a methods@manchester bursary to help cover their costs. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and applicants will be required to provide a supporting statement from their supervisor. Applications for bursaries must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the course date; applications submitted after this time will not be accepted. Retrospective applications cannot be made if courses have already taken place or payment has already been made.

Please click here to make a booking. For queries about methods@manchester bursaries, contact (please note, you must have a confirmed place on the course before requesting a bursary application form). For any other queries about short courses, please contact

Please note: this is not guaranteed and is considered on a case by case basis. Please contact us for more information.


This course introduces the most used features of NVivo - a data management tool for qualitative and mixed methods research.

The structure of the training session will be a combination of formal presentation alongside practical application. The most popular uses of NVivo will be presented and discussed.  Examples of qualitative research will be presented to showcase how NVivo can be used to manage large amounts of various data. Those attending the training session will have access to a training data set for practical sessions.

The half-day introductory course focuses on types of data, ways of coding, adding attributes and running simple queries.

Course objectives

  • To understand the role NVivo can play in organising and managing data.
  • To explore basic menu options in NVivo.
  • To learn how to import data, carry out coding, apply case attributes and run simple queries to help with analysis of qualitative data.
  • To analyse qualitative data in a transparent, rigorous way ensuring research is managed efficiently.

Course participants will learn how to: 

  • Import and manage various types of data
  • Code various types of data
  • Create cases and apply classifications and attributes
  • Carry out simple data analysis using queries and text searches


Although this is an introductory course some knowledge of basic statistics is needed.

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