The School of the Humanities and Social Sciences is concerned with human behaviour, its history and continuing development through the study of archaeology, anthropology, politics and international studies, sociology, economics, history, the philosophy of science, law, criminology and land economy. Notable alumni include John Maynard Keynes, Eric Hobsbawm, Simon Schama and Siegfried Sassoon.
The University of Cambridge has long been one of the world's leading centres for study of Africa. Vibrant teaching and research programmes focused on Africa exist across the University, including those in the natural and biomedical sciences, archaeology, social sciences and humanities.
The Department of Archaeology at Cambridge is one of the oldest in the world and also one of the youngest, largest and most vibrant in its current expanded form. It brings together an extraordinary community of people committed to advancing and transforming our understanding of the past through innovative research and teaching.
From the development of search engines and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, to text mining, educational technologies, and dementia research, applied research in language sciences has a growing impact on our everyday lives. Technological advances in brain imaging, and the rapid progress of research in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, make Language Sciences an exciting area for future research.
The tradition of research and teaching on development at Cambridge goes back at least to the 1930s, when some of those who were later to be the founding fathers in the field studied here as postgraduate students under John Maynard Keynes.
The Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge is one of the longest standing as well as being one of the leading economics faculties in Europe. The Faculty has a global reputation for outstanding academic achievement and world-class original research.
Cambridge's Faculty of Education is a significant contributor to the improvement of educational policy and practice in partnership with schools, colleges and other educational agencies both in the UK and internationally. The Faculty is one of the largest groups of educational researchers and teacher educators in the UK.
The Faculty of Law hosts specialists in almost every aspect of English law and its history, the laws of other countries (especially European), European Community law, public and private international law, Roman law, legal philosophy, and criminology. At any one time around 6% of Cambridge undergraduates are reading law.
The Centre for Family Research undertakes transdisciplinary research that increases understanding of children, parents and family relationships. Our research has dealt with topics including pregnancy, childhood, partnerships, parenthood and later life. Most of our members are psychologists, but our team also includes sociologists, anthropologists, biologists and bioethicists.
The University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies is a multidisciplinary centre. We work together with more than 20 departments within the University and an international network of gender scholars beyond. Together this world-class collection of experts enables the Centre to facilitate outstanding teaching and research on gender analysis of human society.
The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) provides an institutional focus at Cambridge for teaching and research on politics in all its dimensions; international and comparative, theoretical and empirical, abstract and practical.
The University of Cambridge consists of over 100 departments, faculties, schools and institutes which house research and teaching communities. In addition, strategic research initiatives and networks build on areas of existing research strength by bringing together a critical mass of expertise from across the academic community.