NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package produced by QSR International. NVivo has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.

NVivo is used predominantly by academic, government, health and commercial researchers across a diverse range of fields, including social sciences such as anthropology, psychology, communication, sociology, as well as fields such as forensics, tourism, criminology and marketing.

Site Licence

The Waikato University site licence for NVivo is a per user licence for all staff and enrolled students. NVivo can be downloaded on any UoW owned computer and a staff member or enrolled student can download a single copy of NVivo on a single portable personal device. The NVivo licence key will need renewing each year.

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Site License Request

On Campus

The NVivo licence entitles you to install NVivo on any Waikato University owned machine, and is available on the Software Centre (PC) or the Self Service (Mac) of the University of Waikato computer.


Staff and students working remotely are entitled to install a single copy of NVivo on a portable device or PC strictly for teaching and research related work for the University. After downloading NVivo on the appropriate device, it is necessary to contact ITS Service Desk on 07 838 4008 for activation of the Nvivo site licence.


The University currently subscribes to Nvivo Pro with a site licence from February to February each year. A licence is required to install this on personal devices, and the licence expires each year when the University licence expires. If you need it installed on a personal device, you can contact ITS Service Desk on 07 838 4008 for activation of the Nvivo site licence, and do the same each year you need access.

The software can be installed on a main University Owned device, and a second portable (UoW or personally owned) device for the exclusive use of the primary user of the main device. The rights to install an additional copy of the Software do not permit the use of the Software on both the first and second Device at the same time.

The right to use the software ceases when the staff/student leaves the University of Waikato.

Online Training Courses

As part of the University’s licence, staff and students have access to QSR’s online, facilitated training courses Core Skills (Windows) and Core Skills (Mac).

A Discount Voucher Code is required to complete registration. Please make a Service Request in Kuhukuhu for the code select 'Software Install' fill in the details by asking for the training code. Courses are run on a weekly basis and are facilitated by a trainer, who can answer any questions from the participants, with a 'live' webinar component at the end.

Free NVivo Resources

Video tutorials, online Help and Getting Started Guides are available for users here:

Reference information sites

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For anything urgent you should phone the Service Desk: ext 4008 (838 4008) for assistance.