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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


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Why study Politics and International Relations at Cambridge?

The POLIS course offers a wide range of subjects and also an opportunity to study a more specialised track. Politics and International Studies covers topics including international politics, political thought, democracy, human rights and elections. Studying the Politics papers available in HSPS will give students an understanding about the society we live, how is become this way and how it continues to change.

The Department of Politics and International studies employs some of the world's leading academics in their field. The Cambridge tradition of small group supervisions allows renowned academics and distinguished PhD students to guide and challenge undergraduates through the course.

Students taking Politics and International Relations have gone on to careers in the media, law, the civil service including the Foreign Office, teaching, consultancy and finance, advocacy with non-governmental organisations, and energy management. Many have also gone on to take postgraduate degrees.

Open Day Material

If you are unable to make our Open Days please see below for some of the material that is given out at the event. We always strongly encourage prospective students to attend our Open Days as it provides an excellent opportunity to talk to members of staff to ask any questions you may have about the course, pick up any information material that may be available, attend taster lectures and have a look round the beautiful historic City of Cambridge. 

The Application Process

The application process for the University of Cambridge is conducted through UCAS just like any other University. More information on the UCAS process for the University of Cambridge can be found here.

The entrance requirements for the Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos and the History and Politics Tripos are A*AA at A-level. No specific subject are required at A-level for the HSPS Tripos; for History and Politics some Colleges may require a History A-Level. 

It is important for the student to choose a college that they will be happy in at the University of Cambridge as this is where student accommodation is provided and can also be a large part of the student's experience at the University. 

More information on the Undergraduate application process and how to prepare can be found on the Undergraduate Study and Prospective Student FAQ webpages.


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