We are one of the most internationalised political science
departments in the UK and Europe with staff and students from more than 100
We are globally renowned for a distinct approach to
research and teaching – an approach that
focuses on theory-driven quantitative empirical research in political economy,
international relations, public opinion, political behaviour, and political
Our students benefit from teaching underpinned by the research interests of
our academic staff, a broad set of study
abroad options and numerous possibilities for integrating internships and
placements into their studies.
- UK's leading political science research department
- Top for politics in the UK's last six Research Assessment Exercises
- 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2014)
- Awarded the prestigious Regius Professorship in 2013
- Host of the British Journal of Political Science
Welcome to all new students who will be joining our University community. Our welcome information provides important pre-arrival updates and
will help you settle in to your new life at Essex.
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.
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the latest information about publications, research excellence, awards and achievements by our staff and students.