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What is HSPS?

The Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science (HSPS) houses 3 departments:

  • Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Department of Politics and International Studies
  • Department of Sociology

Each of these departments has a worldwide reputation for teaching and research, and the undergraduate curriculum (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.

Undergraduate students study several disciplines in their first year and then specialise in one or two disciplines (Politics, Social Anthropology, Sociology, or a combination of disciplines) in their second and third years. The richness of the course is further enhanced by the option to select papers from a range of subjects outside HSPS. 

At the graduate level, there are established one-year M.Phils in:

  • Archaeology (including Assyriology and Egyptology)
  • Biological Anthropology
  • International Relations and Politics
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Latin American Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • African Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Gender Studies

Ph.D students conduct research within a wide range of subjects within these fields. More details about all of our graduate programmes are available on the websites of each Department.

Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) offers an exciting degree. If you are interested in Politics and International RelationsSocial Anthropology and Sociology, or combinations of these subjects, then this is the course for you.

The Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science (HSPS) houses 3 departments:

  • Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Department of Politics and International Studies
  • Department of Sociology.

Each of these departments has a worldwide reputation for teaching and research, and the undergraduate curriculum (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. Students with a passion for politics can take advantage of links with such departments as Economics and History, those with interests in Sociology can draw on Anthropology and Geography.