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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Studying Politics at Cambridge - what is it like?

In these short clips, we asked some of our current students to speak about their experiences of studying politics at Cambridge. 

James and Katya talk about their experiences so far


Addye explains the most unexpected thing about her course


James and Katya tell us that Cambridge was not how they expected it to be

Addye discusses her plans after Cambridge


Joe explains how he balances work and his social life Addye tells us the best thing about her course

Joe tells us about his experience so far in Cambridge

James and Katya talk about why they chose to study politics Joe tells us about his favourite book 

In this film, David Runciman gives his first lecture of the academic year for POL1 - The modern state and its alternatives. This gives a small taste of what it is like to attend lectures at The Department of Politics and International Studies.


In this podcast, recorded in 2016, Prof Helen Thompson speaks to three final year students - Micha Eversley, Rebecca Verlander and Charles Bonfils-Duclos - about their experiences of Cambridge and studying politics. 


A Taste of HSPS - Subject Masterclasses

For those interested in politics but unsure of whether the course is for them, one excellent opportunity to get a better understanding of what the course is like is attending a Subject Masterclass. Subject Masterclasses offer students a first taste of undergraduate study at the University of Cambridge. They are aimed at academically-able Year 12 students from any school/college who are interested in exploring interests beyond their curricula.

Each masterclass includes:

  • two taster lectures delivered by leading academic members of staff from the University
  • the opportunity to discuss and ask questions
  • an introduction to the Cambridge admissions process
  • the opportunity to hear about life as a Cambridge student, from current undergraduates

Cambridge Subject Masterclasses website

Below you can watch Dr Jeremy Green's Autumn Masterclass lecture on 'Political Economy in the Age of Political Crisis':




If you follow this link you will be able to watch Professor David Runciman's Subject Masterclass lecture ‘What we learned from the 2019 General Election’ and Mr Ian Shield's lecture 'An introduction to International Relations'.


Further information

If you are interested in applying for this course please visit our webpage which answers the Frequently Asked Questions, the HSPS website or the History and Politics website.