With acknowledged excellence in research and teaching, our programmes incorporate a diverse and carefully designed set of taught modules together with independent research and professional practice activities.
We are ranked highly for psychology in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
Ranked 2nd in the Research Excellence Framework
The quality of our research was ranked 2nd in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) - the system for assessing the quality of research in the UK.
Research-active staff involved in course design and delivery
Most of our teaching staff are practising researchers and, in many cases, leading experts in their fields.
Our postgraduate taught courses
MSc Psychology (conversion)
On this BPS accredited conversion programme, you will be provided with the skills necessary to become a psychologist without requiring prior experience of psychology.
You will study psychology from a scientific standpoint with an emphasis on its social, cognitive, clinical and biological aspects, whilst developing your experimental and analytic research skills. The course also features a 12-week professional placement in which you can experience life as a professional psychologist in a organisational, research or laboratory setting.
Gain the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue a rewarding career in child neuro-development, clinical psychology or educational psychology.
Based in our dedicated developmental science centre, CUCHDS, this programme aims to provide you with a theoretical understanding of the psychological factors that cause and maintain emotional and behavioural problems in children.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (PG Certificate and PG Diploma)
Our BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) training programmes will provide you with the knowledge and clinical skills to qualify as a psychological therapist.
Both courses are intended for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers. However, the BABCP offers another route called the Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KSA) which practitioners with sufficient levels of experience and knowledge may be able to attain the equivalent level of training.
This programme comprises student-led, frontier translational research spanning the entire discipline of psychology and enables you to conduct research and training in your chosen area; from synapse to society.
This professional doctorate programme leads to the award of Doctor of Clinical Psychology validated by Cardiff University and is the basis for registration with the UK Health and Care Professions Council.
Where you will study
We are passionate about psychology and our School is long established, well-resourced and has an excellent international reputation. We have three locations for postgraduate study offering unparalleled opportunities for research and training. You will be based at one of three locations depending on which programme you choose to study. Each of our buildings is equipped with outstanding facilities dedicated to specific areas of psychology – they’re also all within walking distance of each other.
Located next door to Tower Building, this dedicated developmental facility contains specially designed laboratory space for those students on our MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders course.
Our internationally leading research delivers advances in knowledge and improvements in quality of life through shaping public policy and health outcomes.
From award-winning firefighter decision-making research that led to a nationwide policy change to producing the most detailed image of the brain, our research spans the entire discipline of psychology and is supported through research centres, multi-disciplinary partnerships, and collaboration with industry and the third sector.
We are fortunate to have access to state-of the-art facilities supporting interdisciplinary research including our flagship brain imaging centre - CUBRIC, our dedicated developmental centre - CUCHDS, our climate change and social transformations research centre - CAST, and HUFEX – our innovative human factors excellence research centre.