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Introduction to Undergraduate Courses

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The University of Cambridge offers two undergraduate courses (triposes) in which psychology can be studied in depth:

  • Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos
  • Natural Sciences Tripos

Teaching in the Department is delivered by academic staff, many of whom are world leaders in their field. Several members of staff are Fellows of the Royal Society. Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars, practical classes and supervisions.

In the Guardian's University Guide 2016: league table for psychology, The Times Good University Guide 2016, and the Complete University Guide 2016, Cambridge is top for psychology.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) is a new course dedicated to psychology, which allows students to study courses from the Department of Psychology along with related courses from other faculties (including Human, Social and Political Sciences, Computer Sciences, Philosophy and Linguistics).

PBS offers a broad training in psychology that is as innovative as it is rigorous and will permit students to pursue a variety of career options.

For more information see the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences website.

Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences Tripos (NST) allows students to choose from a broad range of physical and biological science subjects in their first year, with the option to become increasingly specialised in subsequent years. The strength of the NST lies in its breadth and flexibility. The NST produces rigorous scientists who have an understanding of the broader scientific landscape. The Department of Psychology offers courses in the second and third years of the NST.

Information for prospective NST students can be found on the NST website.

Click here for more information about the full range of undergraduate courses offered by the Department. Information on how to apply to the University of Cambridge can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions pages.

Further information

Psychology teaching in both the PBS and NST is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students who wish to become professional psychologists are eligible for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society, providing that they gain a minimum of second class honours and have studied psychology in the second and third years of PBS or NST.

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