Qualitative coding with ATLAS.tiMethodology courses and philosophy of science

Course information

Numer of sessions: 2
Hours per session: 4
Entry-level: Intermediate
Course fee:

  • free for PhD candidates of the Graduate School
  • €330,- for non-members
  • Consult our enrolment policy for more information.


Telephone: +31 (0)10 4082607 (Graduate School).

You can only enrol for one edition of this workshop.

Semester 1

October 12 (Thursday) 2017
Mandeville building (directions) room T3-51

October 19 (Thursday) 2017
Mandeville building (directions) room T3-51

Semester 2

January 12 (Friday) 2018
Mandeville building (directions), room T3-51

January 19 (Friday) 2018
Mandeville building (directions), room T3-51


In qualitative research, coding means giving tags to texts, images, video or audio as a way to yield a systematic understanding of the contents of data. This process of coding can be structured and improved by using programs such as ATLAS.ti.

Aims and working method

This course explains qualitative coding and ATLAS.ti in two sessions. In these sessions, both inductive and deductive approaches are covered. The course is built upon a hands-on approach and concrete exercises, with ample time for questions that are relevant for the participants’ own research. 

One-on-one meetings are a central part of the second session. In these meetings you will receive customized advice on how you can employ Atlas.TI within your overall research, based on your own questions and submitted material.

Learning objectives

After completion of the course, participants will: 

  • understand the epistemological and methodological background of qualitative coding.
  • know the important and common pitfalls and advantages of qualitative coding
  • know how to do qualitative coding, based on a hand-on experience with coding texts.
  • be able to use ATLAS.ti and be familiar with the benefits of coding software in general.



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  • Elo, S., & Kyngäs, H. (2008). The qualitative content analysis process. Journal of advanced nursing, 62(1), 107-115.
  • Boeije, H. (2002). A purposeful approach to the constant comparative method in the analysis of qualitative interviews. Quality and Quantity, 36(4), 391-409.


  • Download and install Atlas.ti on your own laptop. Erasmus University has a license for ATLAS.ti, see: www.eur.nl/erna/software/. Please do this well in advance and notify the course instructor(s) in advance if there are any problems. Make sure to download Atlas.TI 8. 
  • Important: if you use a Mac, please run Atlas.TI 8 in a windows environment. 
  • Bring your laptop to class.

Session description

Session 1

Introducing Atlas.TI for inductive and deductive research

  • Short introduction to qualitative coding and why we use it
  • Various functions in ATLAS.ti

Session 2
Getting results from Atlas.TI: process, structure and output

  • Constructing a code-tree
  • Coding texts

About the instructor

Ewald de Bruijn is a PhD candidates at the Department of Public Administration and Sociology (DPAS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam