Applied Psychology

​​​Psychology is the systematic study of human mental life and behaviour, it is a broad and exciting subject with many everyday applications and many career opportunities. At Cardiff Metropolitan University, staff are engaged in research in a wide range of applied psychology topics including: health psychology, forensic psychology, the higher education experience, risk-taking behaviour, evolutionary psychology and eating disorders.

The psychology team are equally committed to high quality teaching and to providing a supportive learning environment. We listen to our students and this is reflected in the excellent feedback we get from them and our external examiners. 

"My overall impression of psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University is of a young, enthusiastic and locally well-managed set of staff spending a great deal of effort on teaching and assessment."

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Undergraduate Courses

Foundation leading to BA/BSc Social Sciences*
Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Courses

Health Psychology - MSc*
Forensic Psychology - MSc*
Forensic Psychology - Doctorate (D. Foren. Psy.)
Forensic Psychology (Practitioner Programme) - PgD*

*Also available part-time

"I found the course fantastic… There is great variety in course content, making it easy for students to pursue their own interests as well as considering other approaches and ideas. It was thoroughly enjoyable and has given me a really solid grounding in Psychology."

Jake Dorothy
Bsc (Hons) Psychology Graduate

Course Textbooks Written by the Team

Psychology Express: Social Psychology (Undergraduate Revision Guide
This revision guide provides concise coverage of the central topics within Social Psychology, presented within a framework designed to help you focus on assessment and exams. The guide is organised to cater for QAA and BPS recommendations for course content.

A final chapter revisiting topics from a critical perspective has been included to cater for this increasingly popular approach. Sample questions, assessment advice and exam tips drive the organisation within chapters so you are able to grasp and marshal your thoughts towards revision of the main topics.

Features focused on critical thinking, practical applications and key research will offer additional pointers for you in your revision process and exam preparation.

A companion website provides supporting resources for self testing, exam practice, answers to questions in the book, and links to further resources.

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Palgrave Insights in Psychology: Gender
Gender is a crucial part of both our individual identities and our wider society. This textbook provides a comprehensive account of the development of gender during infancy and childhood and is an ideal introduction for students who are both new to this topic and for those looking for a more in depth source.

'Gender' provides a helpful overview of the role of the biological and cultural in the creation of gender, allowing the reader to see how important both are in understanding our identities as gendered.

The book features a useful chronological examination of gender development; looking at infancy and early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence. Important theoretical contributions to the study of gender are also reviewed, including social constructionism, psychoanalytic approaches and social learning theory. Furthermore the book includes examines chapters on historical and cultural variations in gender conceptualisations, offering a global and far-reaching understanding of the topic area.

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Discovering Research Methods in Psychology: A Student's Guide
Discovering Research Methods in Psychology: A Student's Guide is the only research methods guide fully accredited and approved by the British Psychological Society!

It presents an accessible introduction to the research methodology techniques that underpin the field of psychology:
* Offers a unique narrative approach to introducing the complexities of psychological research methods to first year students
* Introduces the reader to the three main types of research methods used in psychology - observation, experimentation and survey methods
* Provides clear summaries of 21st-century published studies that reflect diversity and best illustrate issues in research methodology
* Includes an emphasis on topics of most interest to students, from those with a personal perspective such as romantic relationships, prejudice and career decisions, to clinical topics including eating disorders, heavy drinking and paranoia
* Features a comprehensive glossary of all research terminology used in the narrative.

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Our Students

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Here in the Applied Psychology department we believe in encouraging our students to realise their full potential in all areas of student life. We are very proud of our students, of their achievements, and of the energy and enthusiasm they bring to their work. Here are just a few of their stories.

Hannah Rowlands

Hannah Rowlands

Community based placements offer students the opportunity to apply their learning in a range of contexts and gain valuable experience for their CV. Below, Hannah talks about her experience of work placements.

I chose to do the second year Work, Volunteering and Placement module with Safer Wales Inclusive Service. This involved one-to-one and group sessions with a focus on encouraging positive lifestyle choices to service users at risk of sexual exploitation.

I also volunteered at Whitchurch Hospital through a charity called Student Volunteering Cardiff, where I worked with adults who had an acquired brain injury. This was a really interesting experience as working in a clinical setting allowed me to see the difficulties patients with mental health issues face.

Both these volunteering programs helped me to develop many key skills, like working in a confidential manner in professional settings, understanding appropriate ways to communicate with both professionals and service users, and improving my confidence and ability to lead activities with service users.

I would definitely recommended getting involved in the amazing number of placement partners Cardiff Met has to offer. Not only will it help you develop important skills and be great for your CV, but most importantly it is really rewarding and helps you see psychology applied in the real world.

Owayne Ovenetone

Owayne Ovenetone

Owayne won the British Psychological Society prize for Best Performing Student at his Graduation, a prize that was very well deserved, as was his first class BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. This is what he had to say about his personal development over the four years he spent with us.

I began university with a history of poor grades – I had achieved very little academically and my motivation was poor – but as I progressed through my first year I learned that, despite past shortcomings, anyone is able to succeed so long as they choose to take an interest.

Psychology is fantastic at teaching people this idea from the very outset: theories on how people remember information, how they are motivated and, perhaps most importantly, how they learn, all help us to develop and grow and be more effortful. I found these ideas to be of particular importance because I attribute my success in university to the effort and time I put into the work.

This year I will be gaining experience as an Educational Psychologist Assistant whilst I apply for a doctorate in Educational Psychology. Thanks to Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University I now have a goal for my future that I had not previously thought possible.

Jed Clarke

Jed Clarke

Jed reflects on his time as a psychology undergraduate at Cardiff Met, and on his challenging final year project.

During my degree I especially enjoyed modules related to cognitive psychology and research methods and statistics. There was something exciting about being able to discover first-hand how another person's brain functions.

One of the most valuable experiences I had was being able to work with Hafal charity as part of my work and volunteering module in the second year. Hafal provide services for people with schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders, and I was able to help patients acquire new skills to enable them to re-join the community after they came out of hospital.

My final year project ended up being about context processing in schizotypal and depressive traits, and it proved to be one of the best experiences I have had. Not only was the research literature enjoyable, but conducting the research in the labs was a thoroughly gratifying experience.

After I had written my dissertation I was offered a summer position as a Research Assistant, and I have now been accepted onto an MSc in Research Methods in Southampton.

Erin Bloomfield

Erin Bloomfield

Erin graduated this year having successfully completed the Cardiff Met Award, an employability initiative designed to add skills and experience to a student's CV. This is what she had to say about the experience.

About this time last year I came across a blog about a previous student's experience of the Cardiff Met award and I was instantly inspired to do the same. The workshops I completed included: effective CV writing, promoting a positive image at an interview, equality and diversity, cultural awareness, and the perfect presentation.

Watching my employability page fill up with my achievements and work experience was a great way for me to appreciate the efforts I had been putting in. It is in no way overwhelming on top of all other university work, yet just enough to gain extra skills and expertise that will be valued by employers after graduation.

The past year has been wonderful. Receiving positive feedback and encouragement from anything that has been challenging feels incredibly rewarding. I had the honor of delivering my presentation at this year's award ceremony, which felt really great. My thanks go out to this award and everybody involved in my university experience the past four years.

Daniel Carr

Daniel Carr

Daniel graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Psychology, and won our prize for best final year project with his Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis study entitled 'The Lived Experience of a Fashion Model'. This is what he had to say about his time with us at Cardiff Met.

To become a practicing Psychologist has been my goal since I first started in the university. Though my desired area of practice has changed, my passion for the discipline has only grown, and I am thrilled to be continuing my studies this year as I pursue a Masters in Health Psychology.

My decision to stay at Cardiff Met was an easy one. After my experiences here as an undergraduate, I would not even consider study at another institution, and have full confidence that my development and transition into a practicing Health Psychologist will be guided by the lecturers I have grown so fond of. I would without a doubt recommend Cardiff Met to anyone wishing to study Psychology.

Click here to read the full articles by all the students on the Psychology Department Blog.

Our Team

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Applied Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University is an expanding department whose staff are its greatest strength. We are a tightly knit team of academics, administrators and technician's, committed to our students and to ensuring they get a great education.

Our staff specialise over a wide range of subject areas ensuring students are taught and supervised by experts in their field. Our teaching is informed by our research practice ensuring it remains both current and relevant. Between us we can meet all your diverse needs during your period of study.

Click on the links below to view individual staff profiles and details of their research.

"My tutor made a point that she was available to talk to if there were any problems, which allowed me to settle in easily, and my dissertation supervisor went to extraordinary lengths to ensure I was confident with my final year project and would always make time for me."

Ben Stone
Bsc (Hons) Psychology Graduate

Academic Staff

Dr Tina AlwynDr Tina Alwyn Nicola BowesDr Nicola Bowes Dr Debbie ClaytonDr Debbie Clayton Karen De ClaireKaren De Claire Dr Michael DunnDr Michael Dunn Dr Leanne EtheridgeDr Leanne Etheridge
Dr Clare GlennanDr Clare Glennan Dr Daniel HeggsDr Daniel Heggs Dr Paul HewlettDr Paul Hewlett Dr Shirley HobbisDr Shirley Hobbis Helen HodgettsHelen Hodgetts Delyth JamesDr Delyth James
Dr Caroline LimbertDr Caroline Limbert Dr Jenny MercerDr Jenny Mercer Libby PayneE. Payne Dr Nick PerhamDr Nick Perham Amie-Louise PriorDr Amie-Louise Prior Dr Mirain RhysDr Mirain Rhys
Dr Heidi SeageDr Heidi Seage Dr Deiniol SkillicornDr Deiniol Skillicorn Daniel StubbingsDr Daniel Stubbings Dr Sarah Taylor-JonesDr Sarah Taylor-Jones Leanne WatsonLeanne Watson Dr Andy WattDr Andy Watt

Administrative Staff

Jack MorrisJack Morris Chris DraperChris Draper Shamima Kuddus-HussainShamima Kuddus-Hussain

Technical Staff

Geraint DaviesGeraint Davies Julian KellyJulian Kelly


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Research in the department of Applied Psychology focuses on questions that will make a real difference to peoples' everyday lives. A key concern is to understand the underpinning psychology of behaviour change.

For more information see the Applied Psychology research page, or click on one of the five psychology research groups below:

Forensic Psychology
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Health Psychology
Research in Student Experience (RISE)
Centre for Outdoor Activities and Leisure (COAL)

To find out more about research in the school, visit the Cardiff School of Health Sciences Research page.

"I would definitely recommend the Cardiff Met psychology course, particularly because of the strong focus on research methods and statistics, which I have found invaluable in my research career."

Cherry-Anne Waldron
Bsc (Hons) Psychology Graduate

Research Seminars

The department of Applied Psychology holds regular research seminars, presented by both internal staff and external speakers.

These are the seminars for the 2017-18 academic year:

is a senior lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology. His talk is entitled Research Ethics.



is reader in psychology and CSHS research excellence coordinator in Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences. His research interests centre on cognitive processes, human mental health, and mental health services.

DR MICHAEL J. DUNN is a Senior Lecturer for the BSc (Hons) Psychology degree in the Department of Applied Psychology within the Cardiff School of Health Sciences. He has interest and expertise in two main areas of research: the Cognitive deficits that accompany schizophrenia, and Human Evolutionary Psychology. Dr
Michael J.



KAREN DE CLAIRE is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her research interests include: desistance and family relationships, the role of attachment in offending, and the effect of the treatment of trauma on re-offending behaviour.

DR LYNETTE JAMES is a lecturer at the University of Bath. Her research interests include medicines safety, and in particular, medication errors in secondary care. Dr



DR RICH NEIL is a Reader in Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences. His research interests include Resiliency, Stress, Well-being and Performance, Life Skill Development, and Leadership.

DR HEIDI SEAGE & DR AMIE-LOUISE PRIOR teach in the department of applied psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Amie’s research interests focus on eating disorders, and on adolescent and young adult health and wellbeing. Heidi is interested in research related to all aspects of eating and drinking behaviour, and in the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to the development of obesity. Dr



DR PHIL MORGAN is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Science at Cardiff University. He is particularly motivated by real world research questions and problems involving human performance in the areas of Cognitive Experimental Psychology and Human Factors.

DR WILLIAM DAVIES is a Senior Lecturer in the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics & Genomics at Cardiff University. His research concerns the (epi) genetic mechanisms underlying sex differences in brain function and behaviour, focusing on the role of genes on the sex chromosomes. Dr



PROFESSOR WENDY KEAY-BRIGHT is Professor of Technology and Inclusion in the Cardiff School of Art & Design. Somatopia, her most recent research project, aims to bridge the gap between artistic practice, technology innovation and end users who are disenfranchised through perceptions of disability and lack of resources.

DR JUDITH WATLEY is a senior lecture in Complementary Healthcare at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Her research interests include the influence of reflexology techniques on the movement of blood and lymph, and the influence of placebo on health outcomes when using complementary therapies. Dr



DR FEI ZHAO is Principal Lecturer in Audiology in the School of Sport and Health Sciences at Cardiff Metropolitan University. His research interests include middle ear mechanisms and modelling, noise exposure, audiological rehabilitation models, and deaf studies.


The Department of Applied Psychology has a number of specialist laboratories and a range of specialist equipment to support teaching and research. Continued investment in this area ensures our facilities are kept up to date and will continue to meet student needs in the future.

Experimental Psychology and Speech Science Laboratories

In addition to the university's main computer facilities, the Psychology department has its own dedicated computer laboratories running a variety of programmes such as the statistical analysis package SPSS and the non-numeric data analysis package NVivo. The computers can be set up with additional hardware such as the Biopac system or Cedrus response pads, enabling students to run psychological tests and collect their own data.

Psychology Postgraduate and Research Centre (PARC)

This space is a dedicated postgraduate research and teaching facility, and includes a well-equipped teaching area, computers for testing small groups, an observation suite, and research cubicles running the following hardware and software packages for use in postgraduate and undergraduate research projects.

CANTAB a set of 22 cognitive tests designed to assess a range of phenomenon such as memory, decision making, and impulse control.
E-PRIME a suite of applications providing an easy-to-use environment for computerized experiment design, data collection, and analysis.
NOLDUS OBSERVER XT event logging software for the collection, analysis, and presentation of observational data.
NOLDUS FACEREADER software for the automatic analysis of facial expressions.
BIOPAC allows students to record autonomic nervous system functions, including heart rate, skin conductance (also resistance), skin temperature, muscle tension (EMG), neuronal activity (EEG), and eye movement (EOG) from their own bodies, animals, or tissue preparations.
TOBII TX300 EYE TRACKER an unobtrusive eye tracker for detailed research of natural behaviour, which allows the subject to move during tracking while maintaining accuracy and precision.
ASL MOBILE EYE a mobile eye tracker, which can collect eye movements and point of gaze information during the performance of natural tasks outside the laboratory.
SENSEWEAR 7 allows students to collect continuous and accurate physiological and lifestyle data from subjects via an armband and download the data for research or further analysis.

Technical Staff

Our technicians are on hand to help students set up and use the facilities, as well as providing audio visual equipment and access to our library of Psychometric tests.

Contact us


Taught Programmes Office

Taught Programmes Office
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Llandaff Campus
Western Avenue
Cf5 2YB

Telephone: +(44) 029 2020 5906

Head of Department

Dr Daniel Heggs

Visit the British Psychological Society web site

View the Higher Education Academy's Psychology web pages