From MSc to PhD

More good news from our MSc Health Psychology graduates…

Virginia Allen-Walker is the most recent MSc graduate to secure a prestigious PhD scholarship.    Virginia graduated from the MSc in Health Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology with a distinction in 2011.  She worked as a Smoking Cessation Manager in Cardiff after graduating but recently  successfully applied for a PhD “Exploring the issue of weight management in pregnancy in Northern Ireland” at Queen’s University, Belfast.  Virginia joins Sarah Knott (nee Thomas), Honor Young and Amie Prior who are all graduates from the MSc programme who have been awarded PhD funding.  Our students are working in the diverse fields of bipolar disorder, eating disorders and teenage pregnancy.   Finding funding to do a PhD is increasingly challenging in the current economic climate and we are delighted that the MSc Health Psychology programme  here in the Department of Applied Psychology is giving our graduates the requisite skills to enable them compete successfully for these prestigious posts.

The BPS accredited MSc programme in Health Psychology has been running since 2007 and our graduates have been employed in a diverse range of occupations from research assistants, well-being officers, public health practitioners and lecturers – most recently Amie Prior has been appointed as a lecturer in psychology with us at Cardiff Metropolitan university.


On a warm summer’s day….

Blue Skies in Cardiff


Last Friday was our annual picnic!  Read about last year’s picnic here:

The picnic was originally scheduled for Thursday, but due to a gloomy weather forecast we postponed it to the Friday.  As you can see from the photo above we made the right decision and had blue skies and sunshine for the afternoon!

Staff spent some time with our final year students who, while pleased with having finished their exams, were bemused by having so much time on their hands!  As with all our social events it was really nice to spend some time talking to students outside of the university context, enjoying their company and talking about their plans for the summer.  Students also talked about next year’s picnic becoming a reunion event for them and this would be lovely; it is really good to catch up with our alumni and so we hope to see the same faces at next year’s event!

Most of us enjoyed food, conversation and sunshine, but some felt more athletic and had a friendly kick around.  Staff members also brought along their pet dogs, meaning we were all entertained by the antics of Dave, Meg and Yoshi!  Some staff also brought along their children (it was half-term for Cardiff schools) consequently there was a genuine family atmosphere to the afternoon.

All in all the weather was wonderful and the company excellent so the afternoon was a wonderful way to round off the academic year!