We are world leaders in political science, asking difficult questions
to find important answers. Where will the next civil war start? Can we predict
social unrest from tweeting patterns? We'll help you understand how the forces
that shape our world really work.
Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses
train you to be fearless and independent, to question everything and to draw
on the broadest possible range of facts and ideas. Some of the biggest
names in the field work at Essex, giving you unrivalled access to the
best minds in politics. As well as conducting ground-breaking
research, your lecturers advise
political parties, governments and international NGOs.
If you want to study with the best and are prepared to challenge your own
opinions to uncover the truth, welcome home.
- UK's leading political science research department
- Top in the UK for research (REF 2014)
- 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2014)
- Awarded the prestigious Regius Professorship in 2013
- Host of the British Journal of Political Science
Best in Britain
Results from the Research Excellence Framework 2014 have ranked our
politics research as the best in Britain, with the majority of our
research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
Our Election experts
Our top political scientists at Essex give real insight
into the main issues through their blogs and research leading right up to the General Election on 7 May 2015.
As one of the larger political science departments in Europe, we offer undergraduate courses that give you a sound
understanding of political systems, political behaviour and political ideas.
News and events
Check out our news and events section for
the latest information about publications, research excellence, awards and achievements by our staff and students.