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.

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 three 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 Liz (Millward) HayesLiz (Millward) Hayes Dr Daniel HeggsDr Daniel Heggs Dr Paul HewlettDr Paul Hewlett Dr Shirley HobbisDr Shirley Hobbis Helen HodgettsHelen Hodgetts
Ian HumeDr Ian Hume 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 Joselyn SellenDr Joselyn Sellen Dr Deiniol SkillicornDr Deiniol Skillicorn Daniel StubbingsDr Daniel Stubbings
Dr Sarah Taylor-JonesDr Sarah Taylor-Jones Alison WalkerAlison Walker 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

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

This is a list of seminars for the 2016-17 academic year:




06 October 2016


Dr Nick Perham Mental Arithmetic and Auditory Distraction
20 October 2016


Dr Deiniol Skillicorn Negatived Schizotypy and Feedback Related Negativity: an ERP Study
03 November 2016


Dr Tina Alwyn Smoking
17 November 2016


Dr Mirain Rhys The Pupils' Debate: How do pupils in Wales feel about learning and speaking Welsh?
15 December 2016


Dr Delyth James Pharmacy and Psychology: Formulating a Healthy Mixture
09 March 2017


Dr Leanne Etheridge Toys
23 March 2017


Dr Jenny Mercer and Dr Debbie Clayton Centre for Outdoor Activity & Leisure Research
06 April 2017


Dr Rob Mayr Accent and identity in Wales: Disentangling the effects of language contact and bilingualism
13 April 2017


Dr Sarah Taylor-Jones (Subject  to be confirmed)
20 April 2017


Simon Dawson (Subject  to be confirmed)
27 April 2017


Dr Amie-Louise Prior (Subject  to be confirmed)
18 May 2017


Dr Caroline Limbert Health and Occupational Psychology: bridging the gap
01 June 2017


Dr Michael Dunn Darwin and Jealousy in a Technological Age
15 June 2017


Dr Abigail Locke
(External Speaker)
Abigail is a critical social/health psychologist and has research interests around gender, identity, parenting and qualitative methodologies. Her current research work focuses on societal constructions of ‘good motherhood’ and ‘good fatherhood’, and she has applied this lens to issues around stay-at-home-dads, infant feeding and the timing of motherhood.


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