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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos


The PBS course at Cambridge covers the full range of psychology, including behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, as well as the study of atypical development and adult psychopathology.

Psychology shares considerable overlap with disciplines such as anthropology, biological sciences, philosophy, sociology, and many others. It is also of great value in many application areas ranging, for example, from traditional clinical concerns to the design of new technologies, or from how we can best educate ourselves to the workings of the economy or criminality.

While there are a small number of compulsory psychology papers, you will have plenty of choice with options such as the development of social behaviour, psychopathology, cognitive psychology, language, brain mechanisms, gender, family relationships and influences, personality, and group social behaviour. Research projects also enable you to study in greater depth the topics that interest you most.

You will be taught by lecturers and researchers of international excellence in the subject of psychology, as well as staff in the fields of biological and social anthropology, history and philosophy of science, criminology and sociology. Seminar programmes throughout the year offer regular talks from guest speakers. In addition to this academic expertise, you will have access to extensive library and computing facilities.

Students who wish to study psychology at Cambridge alongside a range of other science subjects can do so within the Natural Sciences (NST) course (see A range of related humanities subjects are also available within the Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) course (see