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Part II Courses

Single tracks in second and third years

Single tracks are available in each of the five disciplines within the HSPS course.

In both years you take four papers. One of the optional papers can be replaced with a paper from another HSPS subject or from a range of subjects outside HSPS. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations engages with the nature of the political world within countries and between them. It asks questions about how and why national and international politics have developed as they have, and how people have imagined that they might be changed. It explores issues from human rights and democracy, to financial crisis and international conflict. Find out more...


Sociology

Sociology focuses on the nature of modern societies, how they're organized and how they're changing. It examines social institutions and the changing forms of power and inequality among other topics, and develops theories and conducts empirical research in order to deepen our understanding of the processes that shape social life. Find out more...


Social Anthropology

Anthropologists address 'what it is to be human' by doing in-depth participatory studies (fieldwork) on the amazingly varied ways people live, think and relate to each other in every part of the modern world: from love and intimacy in online worlds, to how Amazonian communities respond to deforestation; how globalization affects factory workers in India, to experiences of citizenship and democracy in African cities. Find out more...


Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology explores human biology and evolution, with an emphasis on the interaction between biology and culture. It includes the study of the place of humans in nature and the pattern of human diversity, and investigates our evolutionary history, adaptations, genetics, behaviour, and health and disease throughout the past and among modern societies. Find out more...


Archaeology (including Assyriology or Egyptology)

Archaeology explores the diversities and commonalities of the human past through material culture, human remains, and past settlements and landscapes. The Cambridge course is accessible equally to students with humanities, social science and science backgrounds and interests. The breadth of staff research and teaching is unparalleled.

Assyriology is the study of the languages (Akkadian and Sumerian), literature, archaeology and history of Mesopotamia – the location of the world's first urban and literate society and some of its earliest empires. Technological innovations, warfare and the power of religion are just some of the aspects to be studied. The Cambridge course is unique in the UK in the combination of textual and archaeological data.

Egyptology is the study of the languages, literature, history, archaeology and religions of ancient Egypt. The nature of kingship, the practice of trade and diplomacy, and the interactions of complex society are important themes in the study of this region's past. The Cambridge course stresses the fruitful combination of artistic, textual and archaeological evidence. Find out more...



Joint tracks in second and third years

If you are interested in two of the HSPS disciplines, you can combine the study of these in your second and third years through one of six joint tracks.

Please note that not all papers are available to students following the joint tracks. It is not possible to change track between your second and third year unless you are switching from a joint track to focus on one of the subjects within it.


Politics and Sociology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Politics and two papers in Sociology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Sociology and Social Anthropology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Sociology and two papers in Social Anthropology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Social and Biological Anthropology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Social Anthropology and two papers in Biological Anthropology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Archaeology and Social Anthropology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Archaeology and two papers in Social Anthropology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Biological Anthropology and two papers in Archaeology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Assyriology and Egyptology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Assyriology and two papers in Egyptology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Social Anthropology and Politics

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Social Anthropology and two papers in Politics in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


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.

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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