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  • Contact: Dr Greg Davis
  • Admin contacts: Mrs Louise White
  • Number of places: 60
  • Number of research projects: 40


The Department of Psychology will accept not more than 60 applicants in total to read the following four courses:

  1. NST Part II Psychology, or
  2. NST Part II Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Major Subject Psychology).

The Department is indifferent to applicants' choices amongst these four courses, except that the number of available projects constrains to 60 the number of entrants to courses (a), (b) and (c) in total, and applicants for the Physiology and Psychology joint course must be accepted also by the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.

NST Part II Psychology is the only one of the four courses accredited by the British Psychological Society, and so is the course recommended to those students who plan to enter postgraduate training in professional psychology.

The majority of students will have taken either MVST IB or NST Part IB Experimental Psychology. NST students who have studied Part IB Neurobiology may apply for the Part II Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) option. Students from none of the aforementioned backgrounds can be considered for a two-year Prelim Part II course, in which they would study NST Part IB Experimental Psychology in the first of those two years. (Candidates who have already taken NST IB Experimental Psychology are not permitted by the Department to do a two-year Part II.)

Applicants from NST Part IB and MVST Part IB will be admitted according to their aggregate marks in those examinations. Those wishing to enter courses (a), (b) or (c) after taking NST IB Experimental Psychology will be expected to have completed all the second-year practical requirements in Experimental Psychology.

We do accept some applicants from MVST Part IB who have not taken the Psychology option, but medical students who take this route are strongly encouraged to undertake suitable preparation during the Long Vacation under the direction of their Director of Studies.

Students wishing to read NST Part II Psychology or NST Part II Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) should both select Psychology Research Project in CamSIS Self Service, and will then be asked by the Department to select between these courses upon entry to Part II in Michaelmas Term.

If the Department is oversubscribed, places are offered on the basis of overall Part IB results without discriminating MVST from NST students. Around the borderline, selection is on an individual basis, in consultation with Directors of Studies. The main criterion will still be Part IB results, taking particular notice of marks in relevant subjects. We hold a waiting list over summer, offering places if an accepted student drops out.