Clare College Cambridge

Applying for HSPS


Admissions Requirements


Candidates are not expected to have any particular subjects at A-level or IB or Higher level, and no previous study of a social science is necessary. Students in HSPS come from educational backgrounds in all of the humanities, social sciences, and science. We would normally expect candidates to have at least an A in GCSE Maths and English or the equivalent.

We do not expect students to be interested in all the subjects on offer in the degree.  Neither do we expect you to know exactly what you wish to do when you apply. It is more important that you show an intellectual curiosity and a passion for understanding the world in which we live as human beings than that you have any particular set of subject interests.




Applicants are usually interviewed in early December and will usually have two interviews. Both of these will be subject-based.