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Natural Sciences Tripos

(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 353)

The amendments to regulations reflect changes to the structure of the courses offered by the Department of Experimental Psychology in response to the requirements of the British Psychological Society and its accreditation of the programme of study combining Part IB Experimental Psychology and Part II Psychology of the Natural Sciences Tripos.

A change in name of a Part IB course from 'Molecular Cell Biology' to 'Cell and Developmental Biology' to more accurately reflect its content has also been agreed.

Part Ib

With effect from 1 October 2004

Regulations 9, 20, 21, 22, 26, and the supplementary regulations.

By replacing in each instance it occurs 'Molecular Cell Biology' with 'Cell and Developmental Biology'.

Regulation 21(b).

By moving the subject 'Experimental Psychology' from group (ii) to group (iii) and adding a final sentence in this group so as to read:

The practical examination for Experimental Psychology shall be of one and a half hours' duration.

Part II

With effect from 1 October 2005

Regulation 32.

By replacing the last sentence of sub-paragraph (a) for 'Psychology' with the following:

If a candidate offers four papers and a dissertation, the Examiners shall assess his or her performance on (i) Papers 1, 2, 3, and (ii) either Paper 4 or the dissertation, discounting the one component out of the two in which they judge the candidate's work to be less good.


(Statutes and Ordinances, p. 371)


By replacing the current detail with the following:

Paper 1 will be divided into three sections (a)-(c). Section (a) will contain a question requiring the completion and interpretation of the results of an example quantitative research analysis. Section (b) will require the proposal of a suitable empirical method to investigate a complex psychological research issue. Section (c) will contain questions requiring candidates to consider conceptual and historical issues in psychology and to integrate knowledge across different areas of psychology. Papers 2-4 will each be divided into three sections (a)-(c), which will contain questions on the following specialized fields of psychological enquiry: Section (a) perception and cognition; Section (b) neuroscience, comparative psychology, and neuropsychology; Section (c) social psychology, developmental psychology, and individual differences.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 3 December 2003
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