Lindsey Davies - MSc in Health Psychology 

Studying for an MSc in Health Psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University has left mature student Lindsey Davies with a passion and drive for research in the field.

Qualified nurse, psychology graduate and mum-of-four Lindsey was working as a Community Health Visitor, when she decided to look into a career change in Health Psychology.

Lindsey said: “I began looking into the different options for studying and realised that Cardiff Metropolitan University was offering a new course in Health Psychology, accredited by the British Psychological Society. I knew the university had a good reputation, so I applied and was accepted to the MSc course in 2007.

“The course structure allowed me to study part time to fit in my family commitments around university work, and I was also able to take a year out when I had my fourth child. The lecturers were extremely supportive and helped me to ‘individualise’ the course to my needs.”

“The course itself has a fantastic research ethic, and also enabled me to spend time developing my interest in primary care research in my final year. I was able to work closely alongside lecturers, working on publications and presentations within my particular field of interest, which really sparked and ignited my passion for research.”

Lindsey graduated with an MSc in November 2011 and was asked to present her dissertation research to the Cym Taf Research and Development Conference in October 2011, where she was also presented with a prize for her presentation by Sir Mansel Alyward, chair of Public Health Wales.
Lindsey hopes to go on to further study for a PhD in her special interests of diabetes and lifestyle change.

Under the spotlight:

1994: Qualifies as a nurse
1997: Graduates with a BSc Hons in Psychology from the University of West London.
1998: Spends a year in Australia working as a nurse
2000: Graduates with a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Health Studies from the University of Wales College of Medicine
2000-2007: Works as a health visitor in the community in Gwent
2011: Graduates with an MSc in Health Psychology from Cardiff Metropolitan University
2012: Lindsey’s abstract is selected by Diabetes UK for the professional conference poster presentation.

Visit the Cardiff School of Health Sciences website to find out more about the range of courses available.