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Centres and Institutes

Politics and International Studies

Area Centres

  • The Centre of South Asian Studies is an inter-disciplinary research centre for the study of South and Southeast Asia.  The Centre has many resources including a library and extensive archive open to all.  The Centre also offers an MPhil course in Modern South Asian Studies.
  • The Centre of Latin-American Studies (CLAS) offers a taught MPhil (Masters) course in Latin American Studies,  provides supervision for PhD (doctoral) students, sponsors research projects, organizes conferences and invites scholars from Latin America and universities around the world to speak at weekly open seminars. CLAS also hosts the prestigious Simón Bolívar Chair of Latin American Studies, a visiting professorship for distinguished Latin American intellectuals and maintains a library containing over 12,000 volumes and 500 films.
  • The Centre of African Studies acts as a hub for graduate-level and faculty interdisciplinary research and houses a library and archive. The Centre offers a one-year interdisciplinary MPhil and runs a Research Programme which brings African academics to Cambridge each year.
  • The Centre of Development Studies provides research and teaching across many Faculties and Departments.

Research Centres

  • The Centre of Governance and Human Rights draws together experts, practitioners and policy-makers from the University and beyond to think about pressing issues throughout the world.
  • The Centre for Rising Powers is the first initiative of its kind to look beyond immediate cases to study the why and how of new powers like Brazil, Russia, India and China.
  • The Cambridge Centre of Political Thought, run jointly with History, offers activites such as seminars, lectures and conferences.


Social Anthropology

  • The Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit is an inter-disciplinary research unit with an area of interest centred on Mongolia and the region across the great steppes to the Himalayas. It has a network of scholars, and activites and events.


  • The Cambridge Undergraduate Quantitative Methods (CUQM) centre is dedicated to improving the provision of quantitative methods training to social science and humanities undergraduates at the University of Cambridge.
  • The Social Science Research Methods Centre (SSRMC) is an interdisciplinary centre providing research methods training to University of Cambridge staff and postgraduate students at MPhil and PhD level. The typical programme covers qualitative, and quantitative research methods, from basic training to advanced statistical analysis.​
  • The Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) was established in October 2012 to develop and support funded research on the technological transformation of reproduction and related forms of social and cultural change. 

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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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