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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

PBS infographic - c. 69 admitted per year at Cambridge, no specific subject requirements, c. 2 admitted per year at Pembroke


Psychology is very diverse and shares considerable overlap with disciplines such as anthropology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, sociology and many others. Psychology and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge gives you the opportunity to study cognitive, social, developments and biological psychology within the broader context of the behavioural sciences. The course covers, for example, 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.


We admit two students per year for PBS, but there is some flexibility in relation to total numbers. At A Level (or equivalent), no subjects are essential, but given the science focus of this course, Mathematics and Biology are desirable. You will be asked to submit two pieces of written work and these may be discussed at interview.  The admissions process will consist of two interviews, one with the Director of Studies, and one with another non-expert academic.  Applicants for PBS will sit a pre-interview assessment and further details can be found on: .  

Further enquiries should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Go to the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences faculty website