Welcome to the School of Social and Political Sciences (SPS)

SPS students meet Baroness Helena Kennedy

SPS students meet Baroness Helena Kennedy

Access to four excellent research and teaching departments

Top quality research relevant for contemporary challenges

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Small, friendly, dedicated course membership

A personalised programme to suit individual tastes

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Undergraduate study

Read more about our SPS programmes, our typical offers, and what you could do after your degree.

Postgraduate study and research

Meet our students

"I honestly can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be. The teaching is first class, the college system allows for a brilliant pastoral care element, and the city of York itself is absolutely beautiful."

Catherine Hennigan, 3rd year student


 Welcome to the School of Social and Political Sciences (SPS). The School of SPS is a joint collaboration between three of the UK’s leading social science departments – Politics, Social Policy and Sociology. This distinctive programme combines a strong foundation in the core concepts and concerns of the social and political sciences with the possibility of individually tailored programmes of study allowing specialism within and across individual disciplines. The School of SPS has recently introduced a joint degree with Philosophy, which is also designed to allow a flexible choice of modules. 

Students graduating from the BA programmes in SPS are highly valued for their insights into contemporary global challenges, and for their critical understanding and analytical and communication skills which are required for higher degree study and increasingly demanded worldwide by employers in education, business, law, policing, public policy, public management, marketing, management consultancy, media, international development and the not for profit sector.

Simon Parker

News and events

'Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capilatlism'

Posted on Tuesday 2 December 2014

On Thursday 5th February, Professor Judy Wajcman, from the London School of Economics will deliver an open lecture entitled 'Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capilatlism', 4pm - 6pm, W/222

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Seminar series

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Bringing leading acadmics to York to share their expertise with SPS students.