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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Course Overview

The Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge gives you the opportunity to study cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology within the broader context of the behavioural sciences. The course covers cognitive psychology, psychopathology, language, brain mechanisms, gender, family relationships and influences, personality, group social behaviour and more.

Unlike other routes into Psychological Science, PBS exposes students to the broad range of areas comprising this field with the opportunity to specialise in the second and third years. Research projects and a dissertation also enable you to study in greater depth the topics that interest you most.

Find out more about the course here.

The Benefits of PBS at Fitzwilliam College

The research and teaching provided by the two PBS course Fellows at Fitzwilliam cover the breadth of psychology. This provides students with easy access to people with knowledge and expertise in many different areas of the field.

Facts and Figures

Average intake each year: 3-4

Typical A Level offer: A*A*A

Typical IB offer: 41 – 42 points with 776 at Higher Level

We may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.

Essential subjects: A Level/IB Higher Level Mathematics or Biology

Useful subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Maths A Level or equivalent.

Application Process

If invited to interview, students can expect two interviews lasting no more than thirty minutes.

Director of Studies

Professor Jason Rentfrow

Headshot of professor Jason Rentfrow

Find Out More

Every year, the College runs an Arts and Humanities Taster Day for Year 12 (England and Wales), S5 (Scotland), Year 13 (Northern Ireland) or equivalent students. More information will be available in the autumn.

If you want to find out about our open days or visiting the College, see here.