This pathway focuses on the social science aspects of Psychology, which is a broad discipline that extends from examining human behaviour in social contexts to neurological analyses of brain structure and function.
The three institutions involved in this pathway are ideal partners because of complementarity in our research strengths. Social processes are very prominent in research at all three. Cardiff has a focus on aspects of psychology relevant to attitudes, motivation, and emotion, the environment and sustainability, and intersections between developmental psychology and health. Bangor has an interest in understanding how we perceive and interact with others, how social attributions are made and how social cognitions impact health and well-being, and the developmental profile exhibited in disorders of social cognition. Swansea examines social and cognitive influences on health and cognition, nutrition and diet and the role of sleep in health and well-being. There is ample potential for interaction and further study in each of these areas (and in aspects of cognitive psychology), building on the considerable level of joint activity within the prestigious Wales Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (WICN). Students gain a great deal by developing their appreciation of the breadth of approaches across the institutions.
Students in the Psychology pathway benefit from significant links with private, public, and third-sector organizations, complemented by the inter-disciplinary research focus. Students at each institution will have the opportunity to engage with multiple inter-disciplinary research centres at each institution (such as Sustainable Places at Cardiff, Mindfulness at Bangor, DECIPHer at Cardiff and Swansea), as well as from interactions with projects supported by a range of UK Research Council and European projects. Furthermore, each institution has a track-record of successful inter-disciplinary co-supervision of PhD students (including with Business, Dentistry, Engineering, Social Science and Medicine).
Students taking the 1+3 route follow a Masters programme which includes both a broad social science research methods training and subject-specific modules, including a dissertation study. There are ample opportunities for further training and development throughout the doctoral programme. The partners hold an annual shared postgraduate conference showcasing excellence and innovation in the shared training and research environment.