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As an HSPS student, you will have access to many excellent libraries, and may find that you do not need to buy any books at all. The University facilities include:

  • the University Library (UL) off West Road, which holds over eight million books and journals
  • the Haddon Library on the Downing site, which is dedicated to Archaeology and Anthropology
  • the Seeley Library on the Sidgwick Site which houses the Politics and International Relations collection
  • the Social and Political Sciences Library on the New Museums site, which holds Sociology and some Social and Developmental Psychology items
  • access to extensive electronic journal facilities
  • your College library.


Computing facilities

Public workstation facilities, a 'Hermes' email address, file space, web publishing facilites (via the Student-Run Computing Facility), printing quota, and file transfer facilities are provided to all undergraduate students. Each Department, Division, and College provides computing rooms, and support staff to help you [more details].


Other resources

We know how important it is for students to have somewhere to work where they feel comfortable. Cambridge offers many quiet spaces for you to work, including the many rooms in the UL, subject libraries, College libraries, common rooms, computer rooms, gardens, cafes, or perhaps yet undiscovered corners.

Moodle is an online file-sharing tool that enables students to access course handouts and useful other information.

The University Skills Portal offers opportunities for skill development to enhance your study experience.

The University of Cambridge has a dedicated Careers Service available both during and after your studies to help you plan your next steps. Their contacts and resources bring many employers to you.

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?


Course Structure

Entry Requirements

Open Days

How to Apply 


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