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NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It's designed to help you organize, analyse and find insights in unstructured, or qualitative data like interviews, open-ended survey responses, articles, social media and web content.

NVivo is available on staff PCs and Information Services cluster PCs. University students and staff can also install NVivo on their personal computers or on University computers via a download.


The licence is valid for a year under the current agreement and expires on 31 July of each year. There are two kinds of licence:

  • Network licence – used on cluster and staff PCs where installation is done via UoB Apps.
  • Site licence - used on standalone University PCs and personal computers. Site licence maintenance (license installation, renewal) is the responsibility of the user concerned.

Installing NVivo

To install NVivo from a networked cluster or staff PC, click on Start - All ProgramsData Analysis. The installation will begin automatically.

To download NVivo you will first need to apply for an authorisation code. The code will be emailed to you and will be valid from 1 August to 31 July the following year. If you want to renew your licence, please complete the same form.

Once you have your code, follow this NVivo download guide.

Running multiple versions

You can install the most recent version and run that alongside an older version; however, you'll need to obtain a renewal activation code for the older version. If you do not have any compelling reason to run an older version, we would advise you to run only the most current version.

For more detailed help visit the NVivo site.