Psychological & Behavioural Sciences

  • Intake: 2 
  • Typical Offer: A*AA or 40-42 points at IB, with 776 at Higher level
  • Essential subjects: A level or IB Higher level or equivalent in Maths and/or Biology
  • Desirable subjects: Biology and Maths 
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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, metaphysics and history of science. 

In the first year: 

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

These include: 

  • Archaeology
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Evolution and Behaviour
  • Mathematical Biology 
  • Philosophy
  • Social Anthropology 
  • Sociology

In the second year: 

50% Psychology (Social and Developmental, Cognitive Neuroscience and Experimental papers ) plus 50% comprising two papers from a range of options.

These include: 

  • Biological Anthropology 
  • History of Science 
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Criminology
  • Philosophy
  • 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 up to 7000 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
  • Social and Applied Psychology
  • The Family 
  • Cognitive and Experimental Psychology
  • Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Further optional third year papers include

  • Biological Anthropolgy
  • Criminology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology

PBS at Queens’  

  • The three eight-week terms of the first year revolve around lectures, supervisions and written work. Within PBS, in later years the amount of practical work increases to include the undergraduate's chosen research project in the third year. 
  • Applicants are usually interviewed in December 

Director of Studies

Dr Jane GarrisonDirector of Studies

I am a cognitive neuroscientist working in the Department of Psychology at Cambridge.