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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

It is expected that a student graduating from the Cambridge PBS Tripos, with at least a 2.2 grade, will achieve the 'graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC)' of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and will be eligible (if they also have relevant work experience) to apply for professional courses in clinical, counselling, health, educational, occupational, forensic or sport & exercise psychology, should they decide that they want to pursue a career as a qualified psychologist.

You do not need GBC, or indeed a degree in psychology, to train as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist but it is the norm to commence training for either of these after gaining a year or more of relevant work experience and some post-graduation life experience.

However, studying psychology certainly does not commit you to career as a psychologist. In fact according to the BPS only about 20% of psychology graduates end up working in the profession. Psychology graduates are well placed to enter a wide range of careers and further training and often to go on to work in areas including:

  • Health and social care, e.g. social worker, youth worker, speech and language therapist
  • Marketing communications, e.g. advertising executive or planner, market researcher, brand consultant, PR
  • Human resource management
  • Public sector, e.g. graduate Fast Streamer, social researcher
  • Education, e.g. teacher, SEN specialist

These career sectors and roles can provide the opportunity to use the learning gained from the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour, and offer engaging and challenging opportunities for those who are interested in working with people and/or in areas that need good problem solving skills.

Prospects - what can I do with my degree: provides an introduction to how best to use the skills you have gained from your degree study, and outlines some of the career options directly associated with your subject.

Cambridge Skills Portal provides information on the skills and behaviour attributes individuals might find it useful to develop and lists training and development opportunities available across the University, together with links to useful resources outside the University.

The British Psychological Society website also contains useful careers information.