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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

The three or four PBS students in each cohort 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.

The Director of Studies in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Sidney is Professor Michael Lamb who is the Professor of Psychology and Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences. 


Director of Studies (DoS) and Fellow

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, or 40-42 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.

Admissions Assessments

2-hour pre-interview assessment, comprising: Thinking Skills Assessment section (40 minutes), Comprehension (40 minutes), Essay/text response element (40 minutes). 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