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

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’.

US Election 2016

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The race to the White House is over and Donald Trump is set to be the new President of the United States. Our academics are on hand to provide stellar comment and analysis on what happens now.

Regius Lecture

Professor Helen Milner

On Monday 16 January, Princeton University political scientist Professor Helen Milner will be coming to Essex to talk about the politics of globalisation for this year’s Government Regius Lecture. Book your ticket now.