Key facts

Average number of students offered a place per year


Average number of applicants per year


Psychology and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) is very diverse and shares considerable overlap with disciplines such as anthropology, computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, sociology and many others.

Our standard conditional offer for this subject is usually A*A*A at A level or 41 - 43 points overall and 7, 7, 6 at Higher Level in IB.  All Colleges may modify offers to take account of individual circumstances.  Further information can be found here.

This is an exciting course that offers a broad and flexible degree covering all aspects of psychology.

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences at Cambridge gives you the opportunity to study cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology within the broader context of the behavioural sciences.

The course covers:

  • cognitive psychology
  • psychopathology
  • language
  • brain mechanisms
  • gender
  • family relationships and influences
  • personality
  • group social behaviour.

Research projects and a dissertation also enable you to study in greater depth the topics that interest you most.

The Director of Studies for PBS is Dr Amy Milton. She is happy to answer any queries from candidates considering making an application via email.

As Director of Studies, Amy will provide academic support for PBS students and arrange their supervisions during Part I (the first two years) of the degree.

She will also meet regularly with students, in groups and individually, throughout the year to monitor progress, check that the students are happy with their chosen subjects, and to advise on what to do after the degree, whether that is graduate study or employment.

No individual A-Level (or equivalent) subjects are essential. Previous study of Psychology is neither particularly recommended nor a disadvantage.

A typical strong candidate will have studied a range of academically demanding subjects in both sciences and humanities or social sciences.

PBS candidates usually receive two 25-minute interviews on the same day, covering aspects of biological and social psychology. There is no written test at interview, and written work is not requested prior to interview.  

Resources related to studying psychology can be found at

Further advice about entry requirements and interviews for all subjects can be found in the Applying to Downing section of this site.

Further details on the PBS course can be found at the University of Cambridge website.