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

SPS students meet Baroness Helena Kennedy

SPS students meet Baroness Helena Kennedy

Access to three 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


‌A warm welcome to all our first year undergraduates and to those returning to the School of SPS for their second and third years in September. As incoming Director of SPS I look forward to getting to know all of you and I hope you feel at home in our new surroundings in Derwent College. This year, SPS launches its new combined degree with Philosophy and it was a pleasure to meet many of you who will be joining the course at our post-confirmation visit day. On behalf of all the staff in the School of Social and Political Sciences we hope your time at the University of York will be stimulating, intellectually rewarding and above all enjoyable!‌

Simon Parker

Seminar series

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

News and events

SPS graduate presents paper at Conference in California

Posted on Thursday 9 October 2014

York SPS graduate Alicja Heisig went to California in June to present her paper at an international conference at UCLA.

Troubled families; research, policy and practice

Posted on Thursday 28 August 2014

10/10/14: In 2011 the government’s flagship ‘Troubled Families Programme’ (TFP) was launched. The TFP has been placed high on the political agenda for action with the intention that by 2015, 120,000 troubled families will have been ‘turned around'. (DCLG, 2013) Aniela Wenham of the University of York and Steve Crossley of Durham University present their research findings.

The Politics of the Human

Posted on Thursday 28 August 2014

08/10/14: Talk by Anne Phillips from the LSE

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