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PhD Psychometrics: University of Cambridge

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There are now a number of universities offering PhD in psychometrics. Some universities call it quantitative psychology or educational measurement. But no matter what name they call it, this particular PhD encompasses the field in psychology and education that is devoted to testing, measurement, assessment, and related activities.

More specifically, as described by Morgan State University, psychometrics is a discipline within the field of psychology that is concerned with the theory and techniques of psychosocial and educational assessment which include the measurement of human behaviour, knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and personality traits. Psychometricians use their statistical and methodological expertise to design, develop, analyse, and interpret tests and assessments, and to evaluate programmes and interventions. 

The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge the world-leading organisation for the study and application of the increasingly important field of psychometrics. The Centre is dedicated to linking the best of academic work in the area to real solutions within fields such as business, healthcare, 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 Cambridge Trusts and the Gates Cambridge Trust provide scholarships to MPhil and PhD students studying at the University of Cambridge.  These scholarships are very competitive. To get advise on applying for many bursaries and scholarships available within the University get in touch directly with the University of Cambridge. International students can apply for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Psychometrics is a discipline within the field of psychology that is concerned with the theory and techniques of psychosocial and educational assessment

Entry requirements

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. 

Each department may have its own entry requirements, and applicants will need to identify a principal supervisor. They can support this process by suggesting someone to contact. To start this process you should send your CV and a paragraph or two with your research interests.

Application process

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. They will be able to advise you on eligibility and answer any questions you may have.

Source: The Psychometrics Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School

Dennis Relojo is the Founder of Psychreg and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Psychreg Journal of Psychology. Aside from PJP, he sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals, and is a Commissioning Editor for the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. A Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Dennis holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. His research interest lies in the intersection of psychology and blogging. You can connect with him through Twitter @DennisRelojo and his website.


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