Applied Psychology Department

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.

Psychology Courses

Foundation Programme

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"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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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.

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Jed Clark

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

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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 visit the Applied Psychology research page or 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


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.

Take a look at our facilities through our Virtual Tours:

Psychology/Speech Therapy IT Lab​​​
Psychology Labs​​​

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