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

Access to four excellent research and teaching departments

Top quality research relevant for contemporary challenges

Small, friendly, dedicated course membership

A personalised programme to suit individual tastes

SPS students host a public lecture by Professor Anthony Giddens

SPS students meet Baroness Helena Kennedy

‌‌SPS students meet Baroness Helena Kennedy


Welcome to the School of Social and Political Sciences (SPS).  Read more from             Dr Kevin Farnsworth, SPS Programme Director.


Meet our students


"SPS is the perfect mix because we have the flexibility to choose a path that works for us. What I have gained from this course is invaluable. I would thoroughly recommend SPS to anyone wanting to learn different ways to view the world and how to change it." Tess, SPS student

What do our students think about SPS courses?

Student life 

Undergraduate study

SPS Undergraduate courses

Student life at York

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Seminar series

SPS Seminars - Photo of SPS student interviewing seminar speaker

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

Postgraduate Study

News and events

SPS Forum Event: Dancing on the Precipice: Avoiding the Abyss and Mitigating the Global Environmental, Political, Social and Economic Challenges of the Coming Decade Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 4 pm, Venue: ARC/014

Posted on Tuesday 18 December 2018

Professor Adrian Kendry Visiting Professor of Economics and Security, University of Winchester and Former Senior Defence Economist NATO and Adviser to the NATO Secretary General

Chris Walsh Memorial 2018

Posted on Friday 27 July 2018

This year the prize has been awarded to Laura Johal

SPS Prize Winners 2018

Posted on Friday 27 July 2018

Congratulations to the SPS students awarded prizes at Graduation earlier today......

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