In the second year, students also take four papers. This year provides a foundation for the research-led teaching of the final year while also allowing students to begin to specialise in those areas that interest them.
NOTE: Course guides displayed on this page are for papers currently offered under different Triposes, but which will form part of the PBS Tripos. As such they are for information only, papers are subject to change prior to the start of the course.
All students take the following paper:
PBS 3: Social Psychology
Course Organiser: Dr Alex Kogan
Students choose between one of two groups of papers. Either PBS 4 with two optional papers, or PBS 5, PBS 6 and one optional paper:
PBS 4: Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Course Organiser: Dr Simone Schnall
This paper covers biological and cognitive topics involving the connection of brain, body, and behaviour, and will do so from a social sciences perspective. Specific content includes neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology and neurophysiology, as well as learning, memory, judgment, decision making, intelligence, and cognition and emotion.
PBS 5: Experimental Psychology
Course Organiser: Dr Kate Plaisted-Grant (From the Natural Sciences Tripos)
Students are introduced to a broad range of key topics in Experimental Psychology and are given the opportunity to learn about experimental procedures in Psychology through practical classes.
PBS 6: Research project
Students undertake a research project, assessed by submission of a long essay of 5,000 words.
The list of optional papers may vary from year to year but will typically include papers in:
- biological anthropology
- history and philosophy of science
- social anthropology
- the sociology of education
A student who has not previously completed the PBS first year (those switching from another course) must, except with the permission of the Committee of Management, offer PBS 1 and PBS 2 as their optional papers if he or she has not previously taken these papers within another Tripos.
Both PBS 4: Biological and Cognitive Psychology and PBS 6: Experimental Psychology involve laboratory work. With the exception of the research project, students sit a written exam in each paper at the end of the year.