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What's the demands of SPS compared to other subjects?

I know it must be v. difficult but I just mean in comparison to other Cambridge degrees...

And I'm so sorry, I'm sure it must have been asked so many times before...

But please could you help?

Also, might sound silly but... why Cambridge? Not just "because" it's Cambridge, but is SPS a really good course for psychology etc.? And I know it's more than psychology, but I just mean that I know some Cambridge degrees, ie. Medicine are renowned for not being very "good" for what they're supposed to be and are more focussed on the academic... is SPS of the same rep. within its field?

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SPS is a doss subject only to anyone who doesn't know what they're talking about, and highly reputed among those who do. In comparison to other Cambridge degrees, it's pretty much the same level of work. I know an SPSer who generally stays up till 5am every night writing or planning essays - granted, she probably doesn't have to be up till 10:30, and she doesn't do anything productive during the day (unless she's planning on going out that night), but you know, it's a standard Cambridge workload. She works more than I do.
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Hmmm...careful about flinging around generalisations like the medical course not being very "good". The clinical course is as good as any other -- it's just that at Oxbridge they divide the academic and the practical. Medics here get a science degree before they do anything 'medical' in any vocational sense. Our doctors are brilliant doctors, but we also happen to prooduce a good many medical innovators and researchers -- and medicine wouldn't get far without people doing that! It's just a different system, not a 'worse' one. For those desperate to get with patients, though, it's frustrating. Our medics have a MUCH more scientific background, however.

SPS is just a normal Cambridge degree. The workload depends on how much you want to do, just like with all other arts subjects.
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why is your question ''naive''?

in answer to why cambridge?- first of all- if you want to learn how to use a medical understanding to help people- do medicine and become a GP (or maybe another kind of doctor) alternatively, get life experience, do something interesting and train as a psychoanalyst later. My dad and many of his collegues say psychology is a waste of time (as is psychiatry) if you want to help people, and if you want to learn about the human mind, do english literature

cambridge- look at the course- I know for mml theres detailed info on the course including sample papers and set texts- and also what your feeling is about the ethos of academic study & teaching, as well as in particular in your area.
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SPS seems (to me) to be a degree the elicits extreme reactions from people. I know a lot of students who knock it, but they tend to be the same ones who say English is a doss, so I'd ignore them. I'm aware of SPSers who absolutely LOVE their degree, but I also know of two SPSers in my year who hated the course and left the university completely; also of a third who hates it but isn't - as far as I know - leaving. So I suppose I'd just say what I'd say to any applicant for any course, but with a bit more force: DO do your research. Obviously you've started by going on here, but keep going - make sure the course is really what you want. Ignore 'reputation'. The most important thing is that you, as a student, are happy; that should be your focus. There's no reason why you shouldn't be happy here, but make sure it's really what you want.
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(Original post by poofacedpoo)
What's the demands of SPS compared to other subjects?

I know it must be v. difficult but I just mean in comparison to other Cambridge degrees...

And I'm so sorry, I'm sure it must have been asked so many times before...

But please could you help?

Also, might sound silly but... why Cambridge? Not just "because" it's Cambridge, but is SPS a really good course for psychology etc.? And I know it's more than psychology, but I just mean that I know some Cambridge degrees, ie. Medicine are renowned for not being very "good" for what they're supposed to be and are more focussed on the academic... is SPS of the same rep. within its field?

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Oxbridge medics have by far the highest first time pass rate of the specialist exams - the ones you need to become a consultant! So ignore what irritating touchy-feely hippy dudes in some silly part of the country tell you!
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(Original post by poofacedpoo)
What's the demands of SPS compared to other subjects?

I know it must be v. difficult but I just mean in comparison to other Cambridge degrees...

And I'm so sorry, I'm sure it must have been asked so many times before...

But please could you help?

Also, might sound silly but... why Cambridge? Not just "because" it's Cambridge, but is SPS a really good course for psychology etc.? And I know it's more than psychology, but I just mean that I know some Cambridge degrees, ie. Medicine are renowned for not being very "good" for what they're supposed to be and are more focussed on the academic... is SPS of the same rep. within its field?

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As with most arts subjects you can get away with quite a lot and still manage a 2i. But getting a first in the arts subjects seems, statistically at least, harder than the sciences. So six of one half a dozen of the other. As others have noted some people work almost every single hour of the day whilst others seem to get away with very little

But you shouldn't really care about that but whether the course is good for you. If you are interested in psychology you should know that in your first year you only do 25% psychology. After that you can specialise completely within psychology. If you wish to gain BPS (British Psychological Society) accreditation you must also take a paper from the natural sciences tripos in your second year. SPS psychology is more social (studies of freud crowds groups etc) and natural sciences tripos is more experimental (lab rats, language experiments, memory tests). In your third year you either stay in SPS and specialise in papers on social psychology or switch to natural science.

Both these options are absolutely fine if you want accreditation. If you don't then everyone I've spoken to enjoys the psychology. There is a more limited range of papers within psychology than pol and sociology but you can supplement these with papers from sociology and politics that interest you.
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