The BA in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences is a wide-ranging and flexible degree, covering cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology. Many Cambridge Psychology graduates go on to professional courses, and teaching at the University is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Lucy Cavendish aims to admit four undergraduates in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences each year, and a number of students in Natural Sciences, HSPS and Education follow related pathways, making Psychology one of the most diverse and stimulating subject communities in college. We also have a strong postgraduate presence, with over a dozen MEd, MPhil and PhD Psychologists, alongside research, teaching and professorial staff.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • Due to the strong scientific element, applicants with a good A-level (or equivalent) in either Mathematics or Biology are likely be more competitive than those without. 
  • Prior study of Psychology is helpful, but not essential.
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Director of Studies

Dr Deborah Talmi

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