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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 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.


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.

Subject pre-requisites

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

For details about potential A Level and IB offer conditions in your target degree, see our Typical Offers webpage and select your course from the University's Course Listing homepage then check out the "Subject Requirements and Typical Offers" link in the Entry Requirements tab.

For other qualifications, see our Typical Offers page.

Admissions assessment

We do not use a common format written admissions assessment in this subject, before or at interview.

Written work

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


If called, you will normally have two interviews, before one of which you will be given time to read an article or related writing which will be discussed during the interview. You're likely to be asked questions about your 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.


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

Admissions Office

Fellows in HSPS