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Department of Psychology


The MPhil is one year of full-time research with an individual supervisor followed by examination of a research thesis in an oral examination. Although the official course title is MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology), candidates can undertake research in any area of psychology.

The MPhil is most commonly taken as a stand-alone research degree by candidates with only one year of funding. If this course is taken as part of a route to the PhD a further three years of study and funding are required as well as satisfactory performance in the MPhil. The PhD project may draw on the topic of the MPhil, but the same work cannot be presented for both degrees.

All candidates are expected to take part in the Department’s Graduate Education Programme and the Graduate School of Life Science’s Skills Training Programme. 

Applications are usually considered in one round - for October entry. This allows applicants to compete for funding and to attend the Graduate Induction events held at the beginning of the academic year.

In some circumstances, it is possible to defer entry to Lent or Easter terms, or apply for a January or April start date. However, applicants should contact the in advance of submitting their application to discuss whether this option would be available to them.

Eligibility and application

Applications for graduate study in the Department of Psychology are made through the University's Graduate Admissions. Please note that the official course title is MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology), course code BLPCM1. We recommend that potential applicants take the time to familiarise themselves with the useful material on their web pages

Potential MPhil in Psychology supervisors.

Academic requirements

Candidates who wish to become research students in the Department should usually have a good degree in psychology, neuroscience or in another related subject (for example, physiology, sociology, linguistics, computer science, or engineering), which may provide sufficient background for research in certain areas of psychology. Experience and/or training in psychology is not always a requirement, but may be advantageous for some research projects.

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to be about to achieve:

  • at least a 2.I honours degree from a UK university
  • an equivalent standard from an overseas university (On a 4-point GPA, we require a minimum of 3.5 out of 4)
  • a fluent command of the English language
  • completion of any current training or education course

You are not required to provide GRE scores.

Continuation to the PhD programme

Students can apply to continue on the PhD programme. The preparatory work for the PhD proposal should be done in consultation with a supervisor.

Application deadline - To start October 2019

Applications for October 2019 will opened on 3 September 2018.

The application deadline is 26 April 2019.


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