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MAXQDA Master Class – Beyond Coding (English)

February 28th


10 am – 5 pm

(1 hour lunch break)

Haus der Wirtschaft

Am Schillertheater 2, 10625 Berlin

240 €

120 € reduced

Students/PhD candidates


This workshop will examine a variety of facilities in MAXQDA that are useful as you ‘break out’ of the constraints of the first coding phase. These tools assist as you think about underlying themes and they help you to interrogate your data effectively. The workshop will include discussion of the methodological purposes and justifications behind the use of these functions, and these will range from purely qualitative approaches to mixed methods and quantitising applications. The workshop will show that analysis is much more than the coding process and covers a great variety of other tools in computer-assisted qualitative data analysis.


  • Writing tools – memoing and summarising – to clarify thinking in key areas
  • Visualising tools – code colors, code frequency browsers, and MAXMaps – to think about and see your data in different ways
  • Categorising tools – using variables to compare sub-groups in a variety of ways
  • Search tools and complex coding queries – to follow-up emerging ideas in your data
  • Reporting and documentation tools – to get your evidence, theories and conclusions into usable formats.

The workshop will comprise a blend of demonstrations and hands-on exercises, using a mixture of shared datasets and your own data. There will be many opportunities to ask questions.


After completing this workshop, you will have greater confidence to explore and question your data in multiple ways and so find more subtle or deeper themes. You will also be more able to support your theories with relevant evidence and thus increase your impact. You will have learned when it may or may not be appropriate to use each of these facilities.

For whom

For all those who are looking to extend their understanding of and skills with MAXQDA beyond a basic level of applying and retrieving thematic codes.


Knowledge of MAXQDA basic tools. You should be able to import data, create and apply codes and retrieve coded segments by activation.


Please bring a laptop with the most current version of MAXQDA (Windows or Mac) installed to this workshop.
The free trial version is sufficient.



Graham Hughes is a freelance researcher and CAQDAS trainer. He has worked with computers for 30 years with a particular interest in teaching effective use of software. From 2008 to 2011 he worked in the QUIC (Qualitative Innovations In CAQDAS) Project, a node of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Surrey. Prior to that he worked as the content manager for the ESRC Question Bank, an online repository of survey questionnaires.