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These pages are for Part I students on the Human, Social, and Political Sciences Tripos; here you will find information about the papers you can take, links to course resources, and information on student representatives and who to contact.


Part I Papers

In the first year, you will choose three papers from any of the following:

SOC1: Introduction to Sociology: Modern Societies I
POL1: The Modern State and its Alternatives
POL2: International Conflict, Order, and Justice
SAN1: Social Anthropology: The Comparative Perspective

And a fourth paper chosen from the above, or from:

A1: World Archaeology
A3: Introduction to the Cultures of Egypt and Mesopotamia
A7: Humans in Biological Perspective
PBS1: Introduction to Psychology

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Course Materials

The Part I HSPS Moodle site (accessible via Raven login only), is where you will find your timetable, reading lists, details about modules on each paper, handouts/presentations, details about how you will be assessed and past examination papers. [Read more]

Student Representation

Undergraduate student representatives are invited to attend a range of meetings relating to the management and administration of the Tripos. The Faculty has created a tiered system of representation to ensure that students from its various disciplines have a clear voice.  [Read more

The Human, Social, and Political Science (HSPS) Tripos comprises subjects from three Departments:

Each of these departments has a worldwide reputation for teaching and research, and the HSPS Tripos is designed to serve both students who have a clear disciplinary commitment at the time of application as well as those who want a broader multidisciplinary degree.

Why choose HSPS at Cambridge?


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Tripos News

HSPS Part I students awarded The Winifred Georgina Holgate Pollard Memorial Prizes, 2017

The prizes were awarded to: Caitlin R. Allt (Robinson), Alice C. Hawkins (King's), Isabelle R.T. Higgins (Lucy Cavendish) and Molly J. Judd (Gonville and Caius).

“I am delighted that the University has recognized Caitlin, Alice, Isabelle and Molly’s exceptional performances in the HSPS Part I examination by awarding them Holgate Pollard Memorial Prizes. These four candidates came at the top of a very large and competitive field of Part I students, and took papers stretching across the whole range of HSPS subjects – Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Politics and International Relations, Social Anthropology, and Sociology. We are proud of their performances and wish them all the best in their Part II studies.”  Dr Peter Sloman, Chair of the HSPS Part I Examiners, 2016-17