Human Social and Political Sciences
The Human, Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) degree at Cambridge allows students to combine the study of Politics, International Relations, Sociology and Social Anthropology.
The flexibility of the HSPS degree offers students the possibility of studying subjects which may be new to them (e.g. international relations or social anthropology) before pursuing advanced study in one or two specific subjects in their second and third years. Alternatively, those students who already know the areas in which they wish to specialise can tailor the course to suit their interests from the start, whilst retaining the option to take individual papers in other subjects as well. Other subjects may include archaeology, biological anthropology or history.
All three Departments which contribute to the teaching of the HSPS Tripos are widely regarded as world-leading and the University is uniquely placed to offer a multidisciplinary degree allowing students the flexibility to adapt the course to suit their interests and strengths.
The Department of Politics and International Relations is a medium-sized department with about 30 academics with a huge range of specialisms. It has particular research strengths in international politics, international history and international law, comparative politics and political thought. The Department of Sociology is a friendly and vibrant department with some of the world’s leading sociologists on its staff. The Department of Social Anthropology was established in 1900 and has been home to many of the most distinguished anthropologists in the history of the discipline.