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Department of Psychology


Transferable skills within psychology courses in the Natural Sciences Tripos, and the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos

Opportunities provided by the Department

Opportunities provided by College /
elsewhere in University

Intellectual skills:

Journal Clubs
Academic Societies

Set essays
Practical problems
Academic Societies

Problem solving skills:



Communication skills; oral, written and non-verbal (developing arguments using symbolic or mathematical language):

Learning from lectures
Writing essays
Writing practical reports
Presentation and discussion of academic
papers at critical seminars.
Dissertations and research project reports
Discussions with practical demonstrators
Questions at research talks
Representation on committ ees
Classes on descriptive statistics and data visualisation.

Supervisions (oral and written)
Discussion and debate with peers
Extracurricular activities

Organisational skills:

Timetable management (balancing work and extra-curricular activities)
Representation on Committees (leadership)
Practical work (planning, teamwork, task management)
Project or dissertation (planning, deadlines, teamwork)
Examinations (planning, preparation)
Arranging vacation work experience

Timetable management (balancing work and extra-curricular activities)
University Societies

Interpersonal skills:

Practical work and research projects (team-working, negotiation of roles, flexibility, adapt ability)
Committee participation

Communication within supervisions
Interact with a wide range of people
Community and support for others
Positions of responsibility (clubs and
other activities)

Research skills; design and execution of experiments, use of sources, data management and interpretation, critical analysis and thesis construction:

Practical work
Specialist techniques in research projects
Class on use of library e-resources
Using of library and e-resources to follow
reading lists and supplement lectures
Development of project techniques, including
pilot experiments
Project design, management and execution
Critical methodological discussion in critical
seminar series


Statistics classes
Data handling in practicals, and research projects

Computer literacy:

Camtools resources
On-line course materials
Use of scientific databases
Use of library e-resources
Use of search engines and web browsers
Use of word-, imaging- and data-processing software in preparation of dissertations, research project reports and practical write-ups

Internet access

Foreign language skills:

University language centre is available
for extra-curricular use
Support for self-access teaching