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Psychology Summer School

This summer school will cover a wide range of fascinating topics such as forensic psychology, developmental disorders, attitudes, visual illusions, brain imaging, all with the help of our expert teaching faculty.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021.  If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

The School of Psychology is one of the UK’s largest centres for psychology and is long established, well-resourced with an excellent international reputation. We are ranked 4th in the UK and 44th in the world in the 2020 Times Higher Education World University rankings for psychology.

On this summer school you will have the opportunity to experience some of the outstanding teaching and research that is undertaken by our world class academics. This course is designed to build on your knowledge in core areas with short, focused teaching sessions in a broad range of areas that we specialise in. We aim to advance your existing knowledge with the most up-to-date research.

We have chosen the topics to develop your practical knowledge as well as the theoretical. The classes have hands-on elements, such as the behaviour change workshops, and eye-tracking and emotion sessions. Classes will take place at our international centres of excellence, including Cardiff University’s Brain and Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) and Cardiff University’s Centre for Human and Developmental Science (CUCHDS).

Please note, the contents of this course are subject to change and the course may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this is subject to change and does not include all the lectures and workshops that will be covered.

Saturday 11 July 2020Arrival in Cardiff (Pick up from Heathrow provided)
Sunday 12 July 2020Free time and Welcome Dinner
Monday 13 July 2020Welcome lecture
Tuesday 14 July 2020Introduction to Psychology and What is a Psychopath? Forensic Psychology Seminar
Wednesday 15 July 2020Field trip
Thursday 16 July 2020Seminar on Developmental Disorders and Workshop on eye-tracing and emotion disorders
Friday 17 July 2020Workshop on social psychology techniques / Free afternoon
Saturday 18 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Sunday 19 July 2020Field Trip / Free time
Monday 20 July 2020Behaviour change workshop
Tuesday 21 July 2020Tour of Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) and hands on neuroimaging experiments
Wednesday 22 July 2020Lecture on Neuroscience applications and Brain Games
Thursday 23 July 2020Human Factors: How Psychology can help design / Free afternoon
Friday 24 July 2020Research presentations and Gala Dinner
Saturday 25 July 2020Transfer to Heathrow Airport


The fee for the Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation (14 nights), 10 meals per week (Breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday), airport pick up and drop off from London Heathrow Airport on fixed dates (pick up is on the 11 July and drop off is 25 July) and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Tenby and the Big Pit).

This is a non-credit bearing summer school.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will embark on two cultural trips within Wales.  Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or resume.

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Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Emma Davies who co-ordinates our International Summer Schools:

Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Schools

Why study with us?

This International Summer School at Cardiff University will allow you to learn from the best, by directly working with world-leading researchers across the fields of biomedical and life sciences. You will be given the unique opportunity to expand your career horizons whilst also being given a guided tour of some of Wales’ iconic landmarks, landscapes and rich culture.