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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

  • Ranked among the top hundred departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings
  • UK's leading political science research department
  • Top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014)
  • Awarded Q-Step Affiliate status
  • 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2014)
  • Awarded the prestigious Regius Professorship in 2013

Best in Britain

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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’.

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.

Conflict resolution

conflict resolution

International conflict resolution is an ever evolving field. Explore methods such as mediation, negotiation, arbitration, collaborative problem solving and peacekeeping operations in our MA/MSc Conflict Resolution.