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NVivo is a qualitative data analysis tool that provides easy access to data, and also enables clerical tasks to be extensively automated. NVivo software is especially useful for those working with large amounts of data in a team environment.

NVivo is designed for researchers who need to combine subtle coding with qualitative linking, shaping, searching and modelling. NVivo is ideal for those working with complex data such as multimedia, who want to conduct deep levels of analysis.

On this page you will find information about ordering and licensing NVivo software through Information Technology Support Services (ITSS) including:

System requirements for NVivo software

NVivo software usage and licence terms

  • Staff and students can use NVivo software on University-owned computers.
  • Staff and students can use NVivo on their personally-owned computers for University work only. They can only do so while they are University of Otago employees or students.
    A separate NVivo licence must be requested to be installed onto a personally-owned computer.
    An annual licence for NVivo software is available through ITSS. The licence period is 1 January to 31 December.

Ordering NVivo software through ITS

University Departments

Please complete the online Software Order Form to order NVivo from ITSS.

Staff who wish to use NVivo on their home computer also need to complete a Work at Home Application form (.pdf, 54KB) and email it to

Postgraduate students

To request NVivo on your own device, please complete the online Student Software Request form. You will need to sign in using your student email.

For University-owned devices, please contact a staff member from your department to complete the online Software Order Form on your behalf.

Do you have a question?

For more information about NVivo, please see the:

Last updated: 9 December 2022

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