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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Sidney

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge

The Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) tripos provides students with the opportunity to study psychology from the start, with students taking two psychology courses in the first year along with two others chosen from a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, computer science, evolution, and education.  During the first year, students attend tutorials supervised by senior members of the College, including the College Research Associates.  In the second year, students spend most of their time studying experimental, social, and developmental psychology, but are able to choose two courses from a related discipline.  In the final year, they undertake an independent research project supervised by a researcher in the Department, and can choose from a wide range of courses, depending on their interests and career goals.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Sidney

PBS students benefit from opportunities to learn from and with the more senior students and have in the past conducted and published reports based on significant independent research projects.

Hear from a student... 

     We're a small group of Psychologists at Sidney, so you'll get to know everyone quickly. Sidney itself is also small, incredibly friendly and super supportive so you won't have trouble finding your feet and settling in.

PBS is a flexible and diverse course, allowing you to explore areas other than just Psychology. In the first year you will take two compulsory papers; PBS 1 which covers topics such as gender, health, reRosie Musgrave, PBS studentlationships and face perception and PBS 2 which includes research methods like fMRI, EEG and neuropsychological assessment, as well as statistics. Alongside this, you will also be able to pick two
alternative papers from other triposes, for example I picked Humans in Biological Perspective and Language, Communication and Literacy.

You've probably heard a bit about supervisions at Cambridge and are wondering whether they are really as daunting as they're made out to be; worry not, if anything they're one of the most interesting parts of the course, you get a chance to explore topics in more depth, ask questions and discuss essays with an academic experienced in their field.


Rosie Musgrave, Sidney PBS undergraduate


Director of Studies (DoS) and Fellows

Dr Lucy Cheke


Professor Michael Lamb

All of our undergraduate students are allocated a Director of Studies and learn from specialists in particular areas of their subject. From time to time, individual teaching staff may be away on leave.


Typical Intake

2 - 4

Standard Entry Requirements

A*AA at A Level

41-42 points in the IB, with 776 at Higher Level

Please see the University website for standard entry requirements in other qualifications.

Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.

No specific subjects are required at Sidney Sussex but preference is given to students whose preparation includes some science subjects, including Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and an essay-based subject.

Admissions Process

Written work

Two essays, which should be on relevant topics where possible. We will send out more specific information about what is required after the UCAS deadline.

Admissions Assessments

Pre-interview assessment. Read more about the admissions assessment on the University website.


Two interviews, both with a focus on Psychology. Before one interview, candidates will be asked to study a short article on a topic in psychology, and this will be discussed in the interview.

Find out more

PBS Tripos website

University website PBS course page


Skype interviews may be considered for international applicants on a case-by-case basis in certain subjects. If you wish to enquire further, please contact the Admissions Office (