Psychological & Behavioural Sciences


The Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos (Faculty of Biology) enables undergraduates to study for a Cambridge degree in Psychology over three years. This degree confers full accreditation by the British Psychological Society and enables undergraduates to study psychology alongside modules in a wide range of other subjects. These can range from social anthropology, sociology and criminology to disciplines such as cognitive neuroscience, computer science, metaphysics, logic, and behavioural economics. 

In the first year: 

50% Psychology (Introduction and Methods) and 50% from a range of options. 

These include: 

  • Education
  • Social Anthropology 
  • Politics 
  • Biological Anthropology 
  • Sociology
  • Computer science
  • Evolution and Behaviour 
  • Philosophy

In the second year: 

50% Psychology (Social, Biological and Cognitive) plus 50% options.

Options include: 

  • History of Science 
  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Education 
  • Social anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Neurobiology

In the third year:

In the final year, students undertake a research project on a psychology topic of their choice, reported in a disseration of between 6,000 and 10,000 words. They also choose a further three papers, at least one of which must be chosen from the following list:   

These written papers include: 

  • Development and Psychopathology
  • Psychology and Social Issues
  • Gender development 
  • The Family 
  • Cognitive and Experimental Psychology
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Legal Psychology 

Further optional third year papers include

  • Criminology
  • History and Philosphy of Science
  • Education
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Biological Anthropology

PBS at Queens’  

  • The three eight-week terms of the first year revolve around lectures, supervisions and essay writing. Within PBS, in later years this will be extended to include, to varying degrees, laboratory work and work on the undergraduate’s chosen research project or projects. 
  • Applicants are usually interviewed in December 
  • Applicants will be required to take a pre-interview written assessment

Director of Studies

Dr Jane GarrisonDirector of Studies (external)

Current interests include: Investigating reality testing failures in hallucinations, including in schizophrenia.