Visual Research Methods

Module fact file

Masters Level
Summer Term
10 credits
Contact Hours:
10:00-16:00 (Over two days)
MA Social Research

Contact details

Module lead
Ian Grosvenor
Nick Peim

Module description

This module introduces students to the theory and practice of visual research. It emphasises the wide variety of visual data available; paintings, photography, film and video. Strategies for locating and utilising this range of data are then examined, discussed and applied with an emphasis on issues of interpretation.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students are expected to:

  • Identify a variety of visual sources appropriate to social science research (generally) and proposed research project (specifically);
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of visual data for use in social research;
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the interpretative models available to social science researchers;
  • Analyse and interpret a range of visual data;
  • Assess the applicability of interpretative models to different kinds of visual data;
  • Participate effectively in a range of learning activities;


An annotated source analysis and essay (3000 words).

Related degrees:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.