Human, Social, and Political Sciences

Tackle real-world relevant academic problems in a stimulating and rewarding environment.

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Practical Experiences

A minimum of 12 hours of quantitative and qualitative research, culminating in a mini dissertation

Teaching Style

A combination of lectures, supervisions and seminar style sessions

Oxbridge Academics

Maximum 6:1 student-to-tutor ratio in supervisions, led by world-class academics

Advanced Topics

Introduces subjects studied by first year students at Cambridge University

Course content

The flexibility of our new Human, Social, and Political Sciences (HSPS) course allows you to explore a variety of contemporary cultural issues. New subjects, like Politics and International Relations, Sociology, and Social Anthropology allow you to study modern society and consider what it is to be human. If you are interested in the intersection between the sciences and the humanities, this is the perfect course for you.

Topics you could explore include: The Rise of Populism, Economics and Econometrics, History of Science and Philosophy.

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Practical experiences

In these seminar style workshop days, students will learn to critically appraise and review academic literature before getting the opportunity to apply their new skills in the field, conducting their own quantitative and qualitative research, before producing their own mini dissertation-style project. Students will be given the chance to choose their own dissertation topic, under the guidance of their academic tutor.

Suitability and requirements

Students must be:

  • Between 16-19 years of age for the duration of the programme.
  • Fluent (or near-fluent) in English. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the level of English that is required to attend this course.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to learn.

Suitable for:

  • Students wanting to get first-hand experience of the human, social and political sciences.
  • Students broadly interested in the intersection between the sciences and humanities.
  • Students considering applying to university to study a science or humanities-related degree.

What's included?

  • 13 nights private ensuite student accommodation in a Cambridge University College
  • 13 days continental breakfast and cafeteria style dinner in a traditional hall setting
  • Daily lectures and academic supervisions, provided by leading Cambridge and Oxford academics
  • All academic material and university support material required for the duration of the programme
  • A minimum of 12 hours hands-on practical lab or computer-based research experience, led by leading Cambridge and Oxford academics
  • A comprehensive social programme including daily activities, academic enrichment opportunities, cultural experiences and sports-based activities
  • Weekend group excursion to London including transport by coach, all activity costs and entrance fees
  • Weekend group excursion to Oxford including transport by coach, all activity costs and entrance fees
  • Traditional formal hall dinner at a Cambridge and Oxford College
  • Graduation ceremony, certificate and celebration dinner
  • Cambridge SciSearch welcome pack and stationery

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2017 Cambridge SciSearch Programme Fee £4,200 (including VAT)

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