Unit 3: Foundations for Conducting Research

R21: Using photography in your research and your thesis

Photography is becoming increasing important in the collection of data, as a research methodology and in the portrayal of research data. Virtually all postgraduate researchers now need to have the ability to crate and use images.   

This session will deliver the basics of photography, including how to edit images, as well as exploring ways in which images can enhance a research methodology. The ways in which a visual record of research can evolve across the lifespan of each project, and feed into presentations around that project, is a seldom discussed area, and yet one that is growing in relevance. This session offers technical know-how as well as research skills. 

The session will be an A-Z, and no prior knowledge is necessary.

Facilitator: Dr Ben Halligan, The Doctoral College

For 2023-24 R10 Landmarks in your research degree programme –APR and progression, R13 Reflecting on the research process- writing a thesis, and R21 Using photography in your research and in your thesis, are scheduled to run consecutively on the same days. To book use the Eventbrite link which will register you for all sessions, although you are at liberty to drop in and out of sessions as required. The times below refer to this session only.


Date  Time  Venue  Booking link
Wednesday 25th October, 2023  10:45am - 11:45am  Online Eventbrite Link
Monday 15th April, 2024 10.45am - 11.45am Online Eventbrite Link

Vitae RDF descriptors addressed in this session are:

Knowledge and intellectual abilities (A)
This domain contains the knowledge and intellectual abilities needed to be able to carry out excellent research.

  • Cognitive abilities (A2)
  • Creativity (A3)

Engagement, influence and impact (D)
This domain contains the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage with, influence and impact on the academic, social, cultural and economic context.

  • Communication & dissemination
  • Engagement and impact (D3)