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Why study Psychology at Cambridge?

Student quote: 'PBS allows students to focus on psychology for all three years. This is a fantastic development that can only enhance the already excellent teaching standards and research.' Lucy, Psychology graduate

International excellence

At Cambridge you will be taught by researchers of international excellence. The University of Cambridge has been ranked second in the world for psychology by the Times Higher Education (May 2011), and in 2011 the QS World University Survey rated the Cambridge psychology degree as the most desirable degree for employers (see the employer rating at The Department was also given the highest score in the last Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in 2008.

Laboratory work

A research-led, multi-disciplinary course

There are many branches of psychology, and you will have the opportunity to study a range of them within this course. You will carry out research projects and dissertations that enable you to explore topics that particularly interest you. Typical projects involve brain and language, gender, neuroscience, personality, autism, depression, ageing, social interaction, hearing, memory, and visual cognition.

Within the course, there is also the flexibility to pursue related disciplines such as politics, sociology, archaeology, biological and social anthropology, computer science, philosophy, natural sciences, economics, and education.

Highly effective teaching

Cambridge offers a world-class undergraduate education. Teaching is provided through lectures, classes or seminars. Some papers include a practical element, which takes place in laboratories. Alongside this teaching, you will have supervisions in small College groups to discuss your work and develop your reasoning and ideas. This additional academic support is what makes Cambridge so unique.