NVivo is a software package for managing and analysing qualitative data, such as interview transcripts, field notes, images and videos.

The University has a site licence for NVivo software. The licence covers use of NVivo for academic purposes. The software is available only for University staff and students.

The current NVivo version available from IT Services is NVivo 12.

NVivo 12 for Windows 

  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 or later 
  • Hardware: 1.2 GHz single-core processor (32-bit) or 1.4 GHz single-core processor (64-bit) or faster 
  • Memory: 2GB RAM or more recommended 
  • Minimum free drive space: 5GB (additional hard-disk space may be required for NVivo projects) 
  • XGA (1024x768) or a higher-resolution monitor 
  • Internet Connection 
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 11 or Google Chrome 44 or later.

NVivo 12 for Mac 

  • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) or later 
  • Hardware: Intel Core 2 Duo or higher 
  • Memory: 4GB RAM or more recommended 
  • Minimum free drive space: 3GB or more recommended 
  • Display 1280 x 800 or a higher-resolution monitor 
  • Internet Connection 
  • Browser: Google Chrome 44 or later.

A charge is levied for every NVivo installation or licence code renewal. NVivo licensing is based on fixed expiration dates.

Purchase period
February - August
Licence expiry
30 June
31 October
12 February
12 February
€ 17.00
€ 17.00
€ 17.00
€ 34.00

The above charges cover NVivo upgrades released during the licence period. A notification will be displayed in the IT Services News & Events when an upgrade is released. Upgrades may only be provided for licences having 3 or more months left before expiry. 

Due to the COVID-19 situation, arrangements can be made for students and staff to use NVivo on their personal computers. For further information or urgent requests contact IT Service Desk

Payment for new or renewal of NVivo licence can be made as follows.

  • Personal online payment – Staff and students can pay online  using any accepted credit/debit card. Academic Work Resource Fund debit cards are also accepted. NVivo can be downloaded and activated using the unique licence key sent by email within one working day following the online payment.

  • Journal transfer payment – Departments are requested to send a completed Journal Request Form to IT Services Reception Desk to order NVivo. Following clearance of journal transfer, staff will be required to sign the NVivo academic licence terms and conditions. NVivo can be downloaded and activated using the unique licence key sent by email.

 Installation and activation  instructions for NVivo are available.

Currently, IT Services doesn't offer any training courses in NVivo but if courses are offered in the future, IT Services will inform staff and students accordingly.

Staff and students may refer to the NVivo self-help resources

For more information about NVivo licence codes (ordering, installation, renewals and upgrades) contact the IT Service Desk.