Lucy Cavendish aims to admit at least five undergraduates in Human, Social and Political Sciences each year, and a number of Erasmus students follow related pathways, making HSPS one of the most diverse and international subject communities in college. We also have a strong postgraduate presence, with over twenty MPhil and PhD Anthropologists, Criminologists, Sociologists and Political Scientists, alongside research and teaching staff.

The BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences is a broad, flexible degree, enabling students to sample new subjects such as Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Psychology, as well as pursuing focussed pathways in Politics and International Relations, Sociology, and Social Anthropology. It offers a springboard into a huge variety of careers, from journalism and public relations to law, heritage management and international development.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Course Requirements

  • No subject-specific entrance requirements
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found here.

Directors of Studies:  Dr Marissa Quie (Politics) and Dr Matthew Sparkes (Sociology)

Matthew’s main research interest is in social class. This has led him to explore literature on credit and debt, identity, stigma, consumer culture, cultural class analysis, media studies, and political economy.




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Sarah originally dropped out of school before completing GCSEs; later, she worked in radio and completed an Access to HE Diploma at the Manchester College...

Wan studied film-making at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and had made two documentaries in China when she decided she wanted to consider the social issues she had encountered there in more depth...

Kari is Swedish, and worked in London, France and Taiwan before coming to Lucy Cavendish...