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 Simon Parker, SPS Director.

Simon Parker

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 

News and events

SPS Prize Winners 2017

Posted on Wednesday 5 July 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Final year student prize winners!

Breaking news in SPS

Posted on Thursday 26 January 2017

We are delighted to begin the New Year with some welcome student and staff news in the School of SPS

ESRC Precarious Trajectories project news

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2016

SPS Director, Dr Simon Parker's research on the Mediterranean migration crisis to be featured in UNICEF's "Children on the Move" film series

Seminar series

SPS Seminars - Photo of SPS student interviewing seminar speaker

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

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