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Psychology

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.

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Why study with us?

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Ranked 4th in the UK and 44th in the world

We are ranked highly for psychology in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

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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.

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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.

Cardiff University is a fantastic place to study neuroimaging. The intense MSc course puts your research skills to the test and prepares you well for the competitive psychology job market. The brand-new research centre was a fantastic environment to learn and the course has helped me enormously in my career.
Jack Griffiths, MSc Neuroimaging: Methods and Applications

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.

MSc Neuroimaging: Methods and Applications

Study at one of Europe’s top brain imaging facilities and gain the skills and knowledge to pursue a career in neuroimaging.

On this programme, you will discover the scientific principles that underpin neuroimaging techniques and learn about the exciting advances being made to further understand cognition and clinical disorders. We welcome graduates from a wide range of scientific backgrounds, including psychology, engineering, physics and the biological sciences who are interested in a career where brain imaging forms a major focus.

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.

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.

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.

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 (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.

Our professional training courses

Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (PG Certificate and PG Diploma)

These BABCP accredited 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 Cognitive Behavioural Therapies courses.

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.

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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)

Our MSc Neuroimaging MSc 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.

Research

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.

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Our courses

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

Research

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

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Studying psychology at Cardiff has benefited me greatly, even in social situations, because 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 student

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