This is a nine-month full-time course, designed to bring graduates with some training in psychology to the level required to meet the Graduate Basis for registration with the British Psychological Society. Students who successfully complete the course achieve a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, and should then have the knowledge and expertise to progress to MSc or doctorate courses in Psychology. You will study a total of 130 credits, selected from the topics offered by the School, which currently include the following areas: Research Dissertation, Psychological Research skills, Social Psychology, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology and Perception.
The distinctive features of the course include: • the opportunity to learn in a School which was graded ‘Excellent’ in the last Teaching Quality Assessment and 2nd in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014); • the involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery; • the variety of modules on offer; • the emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment; • the emphasis on acquisition of high quality practical skills and the development of innovative ideas; • the emphasis on safety and ethical issues; • membership of British Psychological Society and an awareness of professional standards and progression; • flexibility, permitting graduates to pursue professional careers as psychologists, as well as a wide range of other careers, including postgraduate research.
“I came to Cardiff first and foremost for the quality of the research group that I work with. Research is competitive at an international level and the group’s multidisciplinary approach provides a stimulating and fruitful environment. Moreover, Cardiff itself is a pleasant place, allowing for more than just school, school and school. In the future I would like to progress within academia and to eventually be able to lead a research group, while having the opportunity to teach.”