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Why study with us?


Ranked 5th in the UK and 38th in the world

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.

Studying psychology at Cardiff has benefited me greatly. Everything we learn is interesting and applicable, and when tutorials are filled with fascinating content and taught with enthusiasm by incredibly knowledgeable lecturers, it is hard not to be inspired!
Ocean O'Hara - Psychology graduate

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.

Find out more about our MSc Psychology programme.

MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders

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.

Find out more about our MSc in Children's Psychological Disorders.

Our professional training courses

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.

Find out more about our  CBT programmes.

I did my undergraduate degree here at Cardiff University and went straight from that into doing a PhD. I study the way that we perceive motion in sound when we are moving, which involves playing different sounds to participants in our custom audiolab, we then have them make decisions about how those sounds appear to be moving. Our results are fascinating!
Joshua Stevenson-Hoare, Psychology PhD

Our postgraduate research programmes

We provide a dynamic and stimulating research environment with an excellent research infrastructure that offers a range of opportunities.

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Psychology (PhD)

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.

Students on our Educational Psychology programme

Educational Psychology (DEdPsy)

This fully-funded professional doctorate programme will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to qualify as a practicing Educational Psychologist.

Clinical Psychology at Cardiff University

Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

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.

Tower Building is our main psychology hub and is located right in the centre of the Cathays Park campus

Tower Building

Our MSc Psychology and Cognitive Behavioural Therapies courses are taught in this Portland stone building, next to parks and tree-lined avenues that form Cardiff’s magnificent civic centre.

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) - one of Europe's leading imaging facilities.

Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)

Our MSc Neuroimaging students will study at one of Europe’s top brain imaging facilities, located at the Maindy Park Innovation Campus.


Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Sciences (CUCHDS)

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.

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MSc Psychology

Our courses

Our degree programmes are designed to be stimulating and relevant to the needs of a career in psychology.

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Our research delivers advances in knowledge and improvements in quality of life through shaping public policy and health outcomes.


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Your campus experience for 2021/22

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, we've worked hard to ensure students have a safe and enjoyable time with us. Find out what we've been doing and what you might expect when you join us.

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Funding your studies

Learn more about the scholarships, UK government support packages and student loans available to you.

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