Human, Social and Political Sciences

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Human, Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge

HSPS caters both to students with a broad interest in the social, political and human sciences and to those primarily interested in one of the constituent subjects that it brings together, e.g. Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, and Sociology. The course is exceptionally diverse. Many undergraduates across the disciplines it encompasses choose to study a broad range of topics in their first year, before specialising as their interests develop. However, the course is sufficiently flexible to allow you to pursue a subject in depth from the outset.

Full details are provided on the Faculty of HSPS website, and summarised in the University Undergraduate Prospectus.

HSPS at Churchill

Churchill would be an outstanding place for you to study HSPS. We have Fellows whose academic interests cover virtually all the constituent subjects of the course. In addition to our Teaching Fellows in HSPS, we also have College Teaching Fellows in allied disciplines, e.g., Classics and Geography, and good supervisors for other aspects of the course.

Ordinarily, we admit 6–8 HSPS students each year. The ratio of students to teaching staff is consequently favourable and the exam results of our students in recent years have been exceptional. The HSPS community at Churchill is diverse and friendly — its members (both lecturers and students) comprise a cosmopolitan group with varied backgrounds. They regularly interact both in- and outside supervisions.

The College has excellent facilities, including a well-stocked library. The Churchill Archives Centre is a wonderful resource for those interested in politics and international affairs, housing the papers of senior politicians (including Winston Churchill), civil servants, diplomats, military leaders, and scientists of the twentieth century. The Centre also regularly stages events and lectures of relevance to HSPS students.


Admissions

If you have a keen intellectual interest in any of the aspects of the HSPS course, alongside an outstanding academic track record, we would strongly encourage you to apply. No specific A Level subjects (or specific subjects in other forms of secondary education) are required.

Subject pre-requisites

Essential Highly desirable/useful
No specific subjects An essay-based subject

Standard entry requirements

Written assessments

Cambridge University uses a system of common format written assessments, specifically tailored to each subject. These give us valuable additional evidence of your academic ability, knowledge base, and potential to succeed at Cambridge. For more information about written assessments in this subject, click on:

Written assessments

Written work

We will ask you to submit two examples of teacher-marked written work on any relevant subject.

Interviews

Most applicants are invited to interview at Churchill. If called, you will normally have two interviews, before one of which you will be given time to read an article which will be discussed during the interview. You're likely to be asked questions about you school or college work, your wider exploration of intellectual matters, and your academic background and interests. More specific questions may also focus on your interest in, and awareness of, topics covered by the HSPS course.

No special preparation is required for the interviews, though we'd advise you to be fully familiar with your sixth form (or equivalent) learning and any other material that you have provided as a part of the application process, e.g., your personal statement and submitted written work.


Contact

For more information and for all admissions enquiries, please contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office

Fellows in HSPS