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.
This programme provides advanced training in research methods across the full range of the social sciences and meets the training requirements for ESRC PhD funding. It provides students with a thorough knowledge of research design, data collection, and the principal methods of analysing quantitative and qualitative social science data.
We provide an excellent environment for research in psychology with guidance from acclaimed researchers and access to outstanding facilities.
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 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.
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.
Our postgraduate research programmes
We provide a dynamic and stimulating research environment with an excellent research infrastructure that offers a range of opportunities.
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 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.
Our main psychology hub located right in the centre of the Cathays Park campus featuring various teaching, research, and laboratory space. This is where our MSc Psychology course, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies courses and many of our research and clinical psychology students are based.
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, Educational Psychology course and our developmental research students.
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.