PBS students take three papers in their third year, and all must complete PBS 7: Research Dissertation, a 6 to 10,000 word write-up of empirical psychological research they have completed. None of the papers are compulsory, however at least one must be chosen from PBS 8 - 14. A list of optional papers available to students is published before the end of the previous academic year, but choices normally includes papers on social, developmental and experimental psychology, sociology, biological anthropology, philosophy, criminology, education, linguistics and the history and philosophy of science.
- Papers. A list of papers available in Part IIB and their Paper Guides.
- E-Learning Resources: There are three websites where students can access online resources for their papers. The PBS Tripos - Part IIB Moodle site contains lecture handouts and other useful documents. The SPS Library CamTools site and Department of Psychology Library CamTools site provide electronic access to high demand print material (book chapters and journal articles) referenced on the reading lists.
It is possible for students in their second year in another Tripos to transfer into Part IIB of the PBS Tripos. In doing so they will have to complete the year as a typical PBS student, so would submit a dissertation and take three papers on advanced topics. As such students would not have completed the compulsory papers in Part I or Part IIA of the PBS Tripos they would not graduate with eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society. Because of this, and that 2015-16 is the first year that Part IIB is available, the PBS Management Committee strongly discourages any student from transferring into the third year of the PBS Tripos directly. Instead, it is recommended that students transfer into Part IIA.