A Level: A*AA IB: 40-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge give you the opportunity to study cognitive, social, developmental, and biological psychology within the broader context of the behavioural sciences.

The course covers, for example, cognitive psychology, psychopathology, language, brain mechanisms, gender, family relationships and influences, personality, and group social behaviour. Research projects and a dissertation also enable you to study in greater depth the topics that interest you most.

In the Department of Psychology, you're taught by lecturers and researchers of international excellence. Subject societies and seminar programmes offer regular talks from guest speakers too. In addition to this academic expertise, you have access to libraries in both departments, which together hold around 50,000 books and over 150 periodicals along with other resources and computing facilities.

The accreditation of the University's teaching by the British Psychological Society (BPS) is expected to continue with this new course. This means that students who successfully graduate (with at least a second class honours) will achieve the 'graduate recognition' needed to pursue a career in psychology. Many students pursue further study and research, and graduates are eligible for admission to professional courses in clinical, educational, forensic or applied psychology.

Subject Requirements

Essential: A Level/IB Higher Level in at least two science/mathematics subjects. Psychology is counted as a science/mathematics subject, but is not essential.

Highly Desirable: No specific subject requirements.

Please also see Psychological and Behavioural Sciences entry requirements on the university website.

Written Work

Applicants are asked to submit one school essay (with teacher's original comments on). We do not mind what subject your work comes from but it should be from an essay-based subject, written in English.  If you have not written essays in English, please contact the Admissions Office for guidance about what to submit.

Admission Assessments

There will be no pre-interview admissions assessment for PBS for 2022 entry.

Further information

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (information from the Cambridge Admissions website)

PBS Website

For incoming first year students, the following reading list will be helpful: Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Reading List

Updated September 2022