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We are one of the most internationalised political science departments in the UK and Europe with staff and students from more than 100 different countries.

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 theory.

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.

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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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.

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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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