Human, Social and Political Sciences at Sidney


This new course combines Archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, Anthropology, Sociology, Politics and International Relations. It allows students to take a range of interrelated subjects in the first year, before focussing on one or two main areas of interest in the second and third years. The flexibility of the Tripos means that students can explore several areas (some of which may be new to them) in the first year before deciding which topic to pursue as their main focus. It also encourages students to consider each  individual subject in an interdisciplinary context.


HSPS at Sidney Sussex

Sidney students benefit from a breadth of expertise in the College's Fellowship:

Dr Janice Stargardt is an historical geographer and archaeologist, who specialises in the study of South, South East and East Asia.

Dr Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov teaches social anthropology and sociology, and has research interests including the anthropology of the state, socialist modernity and post-socialism, exchange theory, aesthetics, history of anthropology, and globalisation. He has carried out field research in Russia, the UK and USA.

Dr Marta de Magalhães is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre of Latin American Studies.

Professor Christopher Hill is the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). His research focuses on foreign policy analysis and the international politics of Europe, and he teaches on these topics and general courses on international relations.

Dr Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, Lecturer in International Studies at POLIS, teaches a variety of topics within the international relations course. Her research focuses on international organization and international security.

Professor James Mayall is an expert on international relations of African states, North-South relations, international theory and the impact of nationalism on international relations.


Find out more

More information about the HSPS course is available on the university admissions website and the HSPS course website.

Typical Intake

4 - 6

Entry Requirements

No specific A-levels preferred. HSPS is a broad course, and a range of A levels can provide a good background, from Mathematics to social sciences (e.g. Psychology, Politics, Geography) to arts (e.g. English, History, modern languages).

Admissions Process

Written work

Two essays (on relevant subjects, where possible).

Admissions tests

A 60-minute written test at interview.


Two interviews, which may cover the breadth of the course but will be particularly focused on the HSPS tracks that you wish to study. There will be a passage to study before one interview.

Find out more

HSPS course website

University website HSPS course page