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PhD Psychometrics

The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge is the UK's leading organisation for the study and application of the increasingly important field of psychometrics. It is dedicated to linking the best of academic work in the area to real solutions within fields such as business, health care, education, and social policy. It works in association with various departments in the University of Cambridge to offer research degrees both in pure psychometric research and in psychometric related topics with practical applications in the commercial, educational and health sectors.

The Centre's research agenda reflects major new developments. Key topics include:

  • the validation of psychometric assessment procedures in industrial and organisational settings.
  • the development and evaluation of web-based testing environments (the biggest international growth area of the discipline).
  • the use of artificial intelligence, neural networks and data mining in test interpretation
  • the creation of robust adaptive testing frameworks.
  • using neural networks and machine learning to inform the creation of truly predictive assessments.
  • the impact of new technologies on testing in organisational, clinical and educational settings.  

Entry requirements

Psychometrics is an interdisciplinary subject, and so there are two routes to doing a PhD in the Psychometrics Centre: Either through Cambridge Judge Business School or through another department in the university such as Psychology.

The CJBS route starts with an MPhil in Marketing, Strategy and Operations, which is CJBS's quantitative research masters and gives a broad grounding in methods used in business school research. Candidates are then interviewed for PhD during the MPhil. To be successful in this route applications will need:

  • An interest in studying a topic related to both business and individual differences. 
  • Normally a First class honours degree, although a good Upper Second may be considered, in a relevant subject from a good university.
  • A quantitative background
  • Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Currently the requirements are the British Council's International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall band score of 7.5 with not less than 7.0 in individual elements, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a score of no less than 637 and 5.5 in the Test of Written English (TWE), or the TOEFL internet-based Test (iBT) , for which the minimum requirement is an overall score of 110 with no less than 25 in each element. 

We have successfully worked with students in other departments whose research overlaps with psychometrics, especially in the Psychology Department where the Psychometrics Centre used to be based. To pursue a PhD in another department will depend on that department's own entry requirements, and applications will need to identify a principle supervisor in that department. We can support this process by suggesting someone to contact. To start this process you should send us your CV and a paragraph or two with your research interests.

Funding

The Cambridge Trusts and the Gates Cambridge Trust provide scholarships to both home and overseas MPhil and PhD students studying at the University of Cambridge.  These scholarships are competitive. We can advise on applying for many Bursaries and Scholarships available within the University. International students can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

How to apply

First take a look at the University of Cambridge Graduate PhD Prospectus. You might also want to see details on How to Apply and the likely costs you would incur. If you need more information then send an email to  attaching a resume or CV. We will be able to advise you on eligibility and answer any questions you may have.