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.

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).

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

Director of Studies

Dr Emma Howarth

Course Requirements

There are no subject-specific entrance requirements for Psychological and Behavioural Sciences and successful Psychologists have in the past come to us with a variety of British and international qualifications. However, the course does have a strong scientific element, and 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.

See the general Entrance Requirements and FAQ for more information about our academic conditions. You can also contact our Admissions Office with queries.

Admissions Assessment

Applicants to Lucy Cavendish will not be required to sit a pre-interview assessment.  Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. 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 in the Entry Requirements section here.

Shelly worked in contract catering for fifteen years and was a chef manager until she enrolled on an Access to HE Diploma at New College Nottingham. The Cambridge course is mind expanding and cutting edge in its research. Some of the things we learn about have not even made it into text books yet! I have learned to think in a different way and look at things that are presented to me with a critical eye. I’ve received many things from College: pastoral support when I thought I wasn’t going to make it; financial support when it was tough going and I needed a little extra; a laugh and a cup of tea from the library staff when the library seemed bigger than me. The opportunities that are before me now are so vast I feel spoilt for choice.

Ellie left her school in Hampshire at sixteen, spending six years as a nanny before her interest in child psychology inspired her to study independently for A-levels. As a mature student one of my biggest anxieties when starting university was fitting in. However, at Lucy Cavendish my worry was soon forgotten because within the students there is no such thing as a typical path or background. The friendly staff quickly made the College feel like home. Studying PBS here offers you the chance of being taught by leaders in the field of psychology. In addition the large emphasis placed on research and the opportunity to undertake individual projects enables you to graduate with more extensive practical experience than many other degrees offer.

Tianyou originally majored in Translation at Shanghai International Studies University and freelanced as an interpreter for several years prior to her arrival in Cambridge. At Lucy Cavendish, I've enjoyed lively and thought-provoking conversations with people from many cultural backgrounds and subject areas: theoretical debates with course-mates, re-examining the same topics from the perspective of other disciplines, listening to a PhD student telling me about her thesis... I have never felt so intellectually alive. The College has also given me a research grant for my second-year project on paranoia, and its relationship with traumatic experiences such as being bullied or abused. I hope my findings will help improve prevention and intervention programmes for children.