Clare College Cambridge

Human, Social and Political Sciences


Number of students per year: 6-8
Typical offer: A*AA at A level or 7,7,6 (42+ overall) in the IB or the equivalent in other educational systems. For Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers - Offers usually require AAA at Advanced Higher Grade; bands may be specified.
Essential subjects: 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
Written assessment: None


Clare has a strong reputation in the constituent subjects of HSPS, especially Politics and International Relations and Social Anthropology where we have teaching fellows. Our students in the HSPS subjects have traditionally done very well. Social Anthropology students have achieved consistently excellent results. In Politics and International Relations, they have achieved some of the best exam results across the University over the past ten years and several of them were nominated for, or won, an inter-Faculty dissertation prize. 

Clare is very well positioned between the two main sites where HSPS teaching takes place. It is also extremely well situated for the University Library.

The eight weeks of each term revolve very much around supervisions and essay writing. A typical workload over a two-week period for a HSPS student is 16 hours of lectures and three essays for supervisions. Students are expected to work hard, but the college also works hard to support them as they do so.

Clare has a very active Politics Society to which many politicians and political journalists have come to speak. The Queens and Clare Overseas Education Fund organises debates and discussion events about development as well as voluntary educational projects overseas.


Fellows in Human, Social and Political Sciences

Prof. Helen Thompson Politics and International Relations 
Dr Sian Lazar Social Anthropology

Reading Lists

Click here for a list of recommended books.


Link to University Subject Page

Link to joint History and Politics Tripos

See Student Profiles:

George Pinder 
Samya Kelly


Photo credits: University of Cambridge -Sir Cam