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Welcome

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.

Our strengths

  • 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

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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.

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate courses

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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Check out our news and events section for the latest information about publications, research excellence, awards and achievements by our staff and students.