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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos


Cambridge graduates are highly sought after by employers, due to their capacity for independent thought and rigorous scholarship.

The University's psychology teaching is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Graduates are therefore eligible for admission to professional courses in clinical, educational, forensic, applied, or academic psychology. Numerous past students of psychology at Cambridge have gone on to prominent positions in psychology and related fields throughout the world. 

Logo of the British Psychological Society showing the University's teaching is accredited by themOur course also equips students with skills and knowledge applicable in numerous professional sectors. Other recent graduates have entered careers in the media, management, the Civil Service, finance, law, and business.

The Careers Service maintains links with relevant employers and takes into account employer needs and opinions in the services which it provides for students. The Careers Service also allocates a Careers Adviser to each College, Faculty, and Department to act as a point of contact. Details of its services can be found on the Careers Service's website.

Psychology Career Talks

A series of talks on careers available to graduates from the Politics, Psychology and Sociology Tripos was given in 2012. Students graduating from the PBS Tripos will leave with a similar set of skills and career opportunities, so the below links to podcasts and lecture slides of the talks will give an idea of what can be gained from the PBS Tripos:

Non-psychology related careers

By Frances Meegan, Careers Advisor. Lecture slides here. Listen to part 1. Listen to part 2.

A career in clinical psychology

By Dr Kathryn Sams CPsychol. Lecture slides here. Listen to part 1. Listen to part 2.

A career in occupational psychology

By Maria Bode CPsychol. Lecture slides here. Listen to the lecture here.

A career in educational psychology

By Hilary Clark CPsychol and Dr Joe Wilson. Lecture slides here. Listen to part 1. Listen to part 2.