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MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology)

Course Description

The course introduces students to research skills and specialist knowledge. It's main aims are

• to give students with relevant experience at first-degree level the opportunity to carry out focussed research in the discipline under close supervision; and
• to give students the opportunity to acquire or develop skills and expertise relevant to their research interests.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blpympbsc

Course detail

By the end of the programme, students will have:

• a comprehensive understanding of techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research;
• demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
• shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
• demonstrated some self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research


- All candidates are expected to take part in the Department’s Graduate Education Programme and the Graduate School of Life Science’s Skills Training Programme.

- On average a minimum of one hour of supervisionper week during full term

- The department hosts a number of seminar series, which all students are invited to attend.

- Students will receive feedback from the supervisor during one to one supervision.

- Any methods or statistics courses taken as part of the student's personal development may be assessed and/or examined on their completion, but do not constitute any formal qualification.


20,000 word dissertation with oral examination


On completion of the MPhil, students may apply to the PhD programme. However, candidates should be aware that the successful completion of the MPhil does not guarantee acceptance.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK II.i Honours Degree. Candidates who wish to become graduate students in the Department should have a degree in psychology, neuroscience or in another related subject (for example, physiology, sociology, linguistics, computer science, or engineering), which may provide sufficient background for research in specialised areas of psychology (e.g., social, cognitive, or developmental psychology, or cognitive or behavioural neuroscience). Experience and/or training in psychology is not always a requirement, but may be advantageous for some research projects.

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